Site Event/Activity record ESF21341 - Historic building assessment, West Barn, Hestley Hall

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Location West Barn, Hestley Hall, Thorndon
Grid reference Centred TM 1459 6820 (103m by 110m)
Map sheet TM16NW



Philip Aitkens


Not recorded.



A historic buildings assessment was carried out for a c. 1600 timber-framed threshing barn at Hestley Hall, prior to its conversion. The barn originally had 5 bays, however an extra bay was added in the 17th C to accommodate a stable with a hayloft above and in the 18th C a further stable extension was added. The barn originally had a queepost roof, however this was replaced in the 19th C, at which time the original weatherboarding was also replaced. The barn has now partly collapsed and it is in a state of neglect. There is a second timber-framed barn at this site, which was converted into living accomodation during the 20th C. This was originally an open 16th C structure, but appears to have been converted into a kitchen in the 17th C. It was later converted into a barn c.1800. Also present at this site is a group of 19th C buildings, which include a a clay lump cartshed with a granary above, a timber-framed cowhouse which utilises re-used timbers and also a rick shelter shed.

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <S1> Unpublished document: Philip Aitkens. 2010. A report on the architectural history of the west barn at Hestley Hall, Thorndon, Suffolk.

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

  • Agricultural buildings at Hestley Hall (Building)

Record last edited

Jun 14 2012 4:02PM

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