Monument record TYY 025 - Blofield Hall

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Summary

Site of Blofield Hall, now demolished.

Location

Grid reference Centred TM 2812 3525 (59m by 79m)
Map sheet TM23NE
Civil Parish TRIMLEY ST MARY, SUFFOLK COASTAL, SUFFOLK

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Type and Period (7)

Full Description

Site of Blofield Hall, now demolished. Still shown on 1975 OS map in rounded enclosure (S1). Blofield Manor was a sub-manor of Trimley St Mary in circa 1292. Owned by John Blofeld in 1362. Adjoins Byle Fleet (separate channel runs through grounds). Documentary research suggests a manor house had probably occupied the site of Blofield Hall since the C14 (S2). Grade III building in 1950s when described as `C17 with 2 stories plus attic. Gable windows. Red brick with dark headers band. Modern pantiles, windows and entrance. Much restored and modernised' (R1).

1998: Evaluation revealed at least five phases of building activity. Phase 1 could be represented by shallow features which may represent beam slots. The second phase is represented by stone walls and a ditch. The ditch is partially overlain by the brick and septaria structure which represents phase 3 of activity. During phase 4, the structure was faced with bricks and evidence of a floor is seen by bricks the same size as those used for the structure which could indicated that the floor had been laid at the same time. The most recent structure, the Victorian building, represents the fifth phase. Although five phases can be identified, it is difficult to date them because of the lack of artefactual evidence from this site. However, it is unlikely that stone would have been used as a building material in this area before c.1300; while brick would have been the construction fabric of preference from the mid-17th century onwards. However, brick is recorded as being used for buildings from the end of the 14th century (S3).

1998: Fieldwalking results recorded under TYY 071.

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <S1> (No record type): OS, 1:10,000 map, TM 23 NE, 1975.
  • <M1> Unpublished document: Suffolk Archaeological Service. Parish file. Parish file: (S2).
  • <R1> (No record type): Demax M, listing report.
  • <S2> (No record type): SAU, Abbott C, Blofield Hall, Trimley St Mary, Archaeological Desktop Assessment, Rep 97/67, October.
  • <S3> Unpublished document: Abbot, C.. 1998. Archaeological Evaluation at Blofield Hall, Trimley St Mary.

Finds (2)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Jan 9 2018 11:02AM

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