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Church Cottage south Cottage

A Grade II* Listed Building in Cookley, Suffolk

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Latitude: 52.3256 / 52°19'32"N

Longitude: 1.4465 / 1°26'47"E

OS Eastings: 634953

OS Northings: 275311

OS Grid: TM349753

Mapcode National: GBR XNZ.0KF

Mapcode Global: VHM72.1T23

Plus Code: 9F438CGW+6J

Entry Name: Church Cottage south Cottage

Listing Date: 19 March 1985

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1284368

English Heritage Legacy ID: 286045

Location: Cookley, East Suffolk, Suffolk, IP19

County: Suffolk

Civil Parish: Cookley

Traditional County: Suffolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Suffolk

Church of England Parish: Cookley St Michael and All Angels

Church of England Diocese: St.Edmundsbury and Ipswich

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2/26 Church Cottage and South
- Cottage.


Formerly one house, now 2 cottages. C13 core with considerable later
alterations. Timber framed and plastered, with colourwashed brick to the
ground floor; slated roof. 2 storeys and attics. 2 windows, C19 casements to
Church Cottage, large-paned mid C20 casements to South Cottage; mid C20
entrance doors. Central internal stack. Church Cottage contains one-and-a-
half bays of the hall of a C13 aisled house, from which the aisles have been
removed. The roof over the former nave, now the main roof of the house, has
been raised, and the original rafters reused in a jumbled fashion. The end
wall on the west has the remains of a pair of passing braces, halved against
the tie-beam and the arcade posts, and an inner pair of straight braces,
morticed into the sides of the arcade posts and the soffit of the tie beam,
and springing from simply-moulded capitals. This truss, which does not seem
likely to be the end wall of the original house, is infilled with later
studding. The upper part of the octagonal arcade post can he seen above the
stair: the capital is the most ornate so far discovered in Suffolk, with 4
much-damaged volutes and small trefoil leaf motifs between. In the open truss
the passing-braces are doubled (cf. Brockley Hall), and the main tie beam was
flanked by 2 outer, possibly smaller, ties. A C16 chimney-stack was inserted
just to the east of the open truss. South Cottage contains a further small
portion of the aisled hall, but the end wall of the hall, and possibly another
bay associated with it, were cut off in the C17, and replaced by a short
section of framing which made the rooms on each side of the stack of equal
and turned the building into a 2-cell lobby entrance. It was
subsequently turned into 2 cottages. It was used for many years as a
vicarage, and seems likely to have connections with Sibton Abbey, which held
the living prior to the Dissolution.

Listing NGR: TM3495375311

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