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Unicorn House

A Grade II Listed Building in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

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Latitude: 52.2487 / 52°14'55"N

Longitude: 0.7259 / 0°43'33"E

OS Eastings: 586180

OS Northings: 264667

OS Grid: TL861646

Mapcode National: GBR QDT.Y2J

Mapcode Global: VHKD4.JRM1

Plus Code: 9F426PXG+F9

Entry Name: Unicorn House

Listing Date: 12 July 1972

Last Amended: 30 October 1997

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1343598

English Heritage Legacy ID: 466814

Location: Bury St. Edmunds, West Suffolk, Suffolk, IP33

County: Suffolk

Civil Parish: Bury St Edmunds

Built-Up Area: Bury St Edmunds

Traditional County: Suffolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Suffolk

Church of England Parish: Bury St Edmunds St John the Evangelist

Church of England Diocese: St.Edmundsbury and Ipswich

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639-1/5/343 (North side)
12/07/72 No.57
Unicorn House
(Formerly Listed as:
(North side)


Former public house, now a house. Late C15/early C16; late C20
modernised exterior and rear extensions. Timber-framed and
rendered; pantiles.
EXTERIOR: 2 storeys and cellar, partly above ground; now a
3-cell plan with internal chimney-stack. 3 window range:
small-paned C20 casements to the upper storey, the 2 outer
windows 2-light, the central window 3-light with a narrow
middle light. On the ground storey one 2-light casement window
with top lights and 2 fixed small-pane windows with
top-opening lights. A window within the high plinth at
pavement level lights the cellar. On the west gable a square
C20 bay with a gabled pantiled roof and 3 small-paned windows.
Entry now at the rear.
INTERIOR: extensive cellar, with walling of large kidney
flints, now modernised and part of the living area. Timbers
exposed in parts of interior. The frame is in 4 bays with a
3-cell plan, the remains of a cross-entry and an internal
chimney-stack with 2 back-to-back hearths. The hall is in one
long bay and there is no bay for the chimney which appears
inserted. One open fireplace has a large cambered and roll-
moulded lintel.
The house has undergone considerable changes: signs of
charring and smoke-blackening on the upper timbers suggest a
former open hall, but the clasped purlin roof is unblackened.
Tension braces in one cross-wall; one tie-beam and post have
empty mortices for arched braces. The 2 eastern bays have C17
ceiling joists. Curious drawings in red ochre on the plaster
within the roof space may be of windmills.

Listing NGR: TL8618064667

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