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Latitude: 52.154 / 52°9'14"N
Longitude: 0.9524 / 0°57'8"E
OS Eastings: 602070
OS Northings: 254744
OS Grid: TM020547
Mapcode National: GBR SJY.TWY
Mapcode Global: VHKDV.G4C2
Entry Name: Moat Hall
Listing Date: 9 December 1955
Last Amended: 22 January 1988
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1284238
English Heritage Legacy ID: 279838
Location: Combs, Mid Suffolk, Suffolk, IP14
District: Mid Suffolk
Civil Parish: Combs
Traditional County: Suffolk
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Suffolk
Church of England Parish: Little Finborough St Mary
Church of England Diocese: St.Edmundsbury and Ipswich
COMBS BILDESTON ROAD
TM 05 SW
5/63 Moat Hall (formerly
listed as Moat Farmhouse)
Former farmhouse. Circa 1400, with alterations of c,1500, c.1600 and c.1970.
An open-hall house with a partly later-medieval cross-wing at the left hand
end. 2 storeys, and one storey with attics. Timber-framed and plastered,
with C20 herringbone pargetting in panels. Thatched roofs, with C20 casement
dormers. The cross-wing has a pair of cusped late C15 oak bargeboards on the
west gable, removed c.1970 from the east gable (the house originally faced
east). Axial chimneys: in the hall range is a mid C19 chimney of gault brick
with 4 diagonally-set square flues on a sawtooth-banded base; a C19 axial
chimney of red brick in the wing. Plastic casements of late C20, with leaded
lights. A thatched gabled C20 entrance porch with boarded door. High quality
C15 carpentry: the 2-bay open hall has a central truss, without its tie-beam,
but retaining the octagonal c.1400 type crownpost with moulded capital and
thick 4-way braces. Close-studding without visible windbracing. The roof is
heavily smoke-encrusted. The parlour cell to right is original but altered,
once having had a hipped roof. The hall has evidence for a rear cross-passage
doorway with a 2-centred arched head. The cross-wing is of two 2-bays
sections: the projecting part is apparently of c.1400 and contemporary with
the hall, it was open and heavily smoke-encrusted, with a central crownpost
truss, the crownpost being octagonal and with 2-way braces. The rebuilt
section has a 2-bay solar with an open truss, the octagonal crownpost being
well moulded in the late C15 manner (English Vernacular Houses: Mercer:
HOM.S.O., Plate 56). An upper floor was inserted in the hall in late C16,
with plain framing, and a chimney with back-to-back open fireplaces to hall
and parlour. Major refurbishing of c.1970 following a period of dereliction;
at this time a dogleg staircase taken from a demolished inn at Stowmarket was
inserted into the hall; it has turned balusters and moulded newel finials of
c.1600. A large wing of c.1980 on the east side is not of special interest.
The house stands within a medieval moat. N.M.R photographs.
Listing NGR: TM0207054744
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