Monument record LWL 028 - Lawshall Hall

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Summary

Lawshall Hall, adjacent to church. Mid 16th Century house (II*LB) with 1557 date stone. Possibly originally moated? - early maps not checked.

Location

Grid reference Centred TL 8631 5427 (224m by 185m)
Map sheet TL85SE
Civil Parish LAWSHALL, BABERGH, SUFFOLK

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Full Description

Lawshall Hall adjacent to church. Mid 16th Century house (II*LB) with 1557 date stone. Possibly originally moated? - early maps not checked.
Hall was said it had been a monastery before the Reformation. It was built of brick, the walls being in some places six feet thick. It was also said that there was a passage that went to Coldham Hall, about a mile in distance. In the parish register under the year 1578 is an entry: - "It is to be remembered that the Queens highnesse in her progresse riding from Melford to Bury, 5 Aug. 1578, dined at Lawshall Hall to the great rejoicing of ye said parish and the country thereabouts".
Formerly landscape gardens/park to N and model farm to S (both now mainly gone).
Manor belonged to Abbot and convent of Ramsay, Hunts between 1022 and the Dissolution.
June 2002: for 'A Brief Study of the Architectural History of Lawshall Hall, Suffolk' see (S2).
Nov 2002: evaluation in advance of redevelopment revealed footings of a demolished range of late 15th and 16th century ranges of the building. Site of a manorial hall since the 11th century - early medieval features were found relating to this continuous occupation. Details in (S3).
For further details on the architectural history of the building see (S4).
May 2010: A research (non-commercial) evaluation was carried out to re-examine and increase upon previous (2002) evaluation results, by re-excavating and extending two of the first phase trenches and opening two new trenches. A series of walls and a cobbled yard surface were identified, in addition to a small number of cut features. All the indetified features were dated to the later medieval and post-medieval period (S5).

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <S1> Bibliographic reference: Barker, H. R.. 1907. West Suffolk Illustrated. p. 237-8.
  • <S2> Unpublished document: Historic Building Recording. Aitkens P, 'A Brief Study of the Architectural History of Lawshall Hall, Suffolk', June 2002, ill.
  • <S3> Unpublished document: Gill, D.. 2002. Eval report. Lawshall Hall., Lawshall.
  • <S4> Unpublished document: Aitkens, P.. 2006. Lawhsall Hall, Suffolk: A compendium of three reports on the architectural history.
  • <S5> Unpublished document: Gill, D. and Muldowney, M.. 2010. Archaeological Evaluation Report: Lawshall Hall, Lawshall (LWL 028).

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May 24 2019 9:35AM

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