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Bentley Hall

A Grade II* Listed Building in Bentley, Suffolk

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Latitude: 52.0035 / 52°0'12"N

Longitude: 1.0853 / 1°5'7"E

OS Eastings: 611870

OS Northings: 238395

OS Grid: TM118383

Mapcode National: GBR TNC.C6C

Mapcode Global: VHLBY.RWMY

Plus Code: 9F43233P+C4

Entry Name: Bentley Hall

Listing Date: 22 February 1955

Last Amended: 22 May 1955

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1351964

English Heritage Legacy ID: 278793

Location: Bentley, Babergh, Suffolk, IP9

County: Suffolk

Civil Parish: Bentley

Traditional County: Suffolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Suffolk

Church of England Parish: Bentley St Mary

Church of England Diocese: St.Edmundsbury and Ipswich

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22.2.55 Bentley Hall


House C15/C16 with later alterations and additions. Timber framed, mainly brick
herring bone nogging in fill, red brick with black header diapering to north west
gable, plastered front above carved bressumer. Red brick C18 and early C19 east
wing. Half H plan with gable to south west of west wing. Large original
external red brick chimney stack to rear (south) of central range with 2 diagonal
shafts, end ridge stack and a stack in-line with central range to west range,
external end stacks to east range. Red plain tiled roofs. 2 storeys and
attics. The original hall and west cross wing are jettied to front (north), the
hall with a carved bressumer of foliage and heraldic beasts, 2 shields with date
1582 and initials LT (Lionel Tollemache) on one and ST (Stanhope Tollemache) on
the other. The figure 2 is reversed and research by the present owners suggests
the 82 is reversed and should read 1528. The 4 crosswing jetty brackets are
supported by pilasters with moulded capitals. 2 storeys. First floor, 3
vertically sliding sash windows to hall, 4-light leaded casements with transoms
to cross wing. Ground floor, 5-light leaded casement with transom (not original)
and vari-light side mullions to hall, 4-light leaded mullion to west cross wing.
Doorway with 4-centred head, sunk spandrels, nailed plank and muntin door.
Various reproduction vari-light mullions or mullions with transoms to other faces
and some small paned vertically sliding sashes, 3 window range of tri-partite
vertically sliding sashes to east range, east face. Interior:- Much of the
original frame is exposed with stop chamfered and moulded ceiling beams. Screens
passage with 2 segmental headed doorways. The plastered fire surround in the
hall has been restored and matches the original first floor 4-centred arch
surround with sunk spandrels and red brick jambs. In the kitchen is a very
large, 3-4 metres wide, red brick fireplace with chamfered jambs and 4-centred
arch, there is a bake-oven to left with a 4-centred head. Brick herring bone
pattern kitchen floor. Original flooring to bedrooms and landing. C17 panelled
door with ironmongery, 2-board door, nailed, with many keyholes. Later features
include C18 cupboard with 5 shelves, fluted pilasters with moulded capitals and
bases. C18 fully panelled bedroom, another bedroom with panelled dado and panels
below windows. Cast iron bedroom hobgrate, moulded surround. Regency drawing
room, panelled window shutters, moulded fire surround. Homes and Gardens,
January 1987. N. Pevsner Suffolk 1974.

Listing NGR: TM1187038395

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