Farmstead record WKM 022 - Farmstead: Valley Farm
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|Grid reference||Centred TM 2925 5658 (102m by 93m)|
|Civil Parish||WICKHAM MARKET, SUFFOLK COASTAL, SUFFOLK|
Type and Period (11)
- FARMHOUSE (15th century to 19th century - 1400 AD to 1899 AD)
- BARN (18th century - 1700 AD to 1799 AD)
- COW HOUSE (19th century - 1800 AD to 1899 AD)
- CART SHED (19th century - 1800 AD to 1899 AD)
- GRANARY (19th century - 1800 AD to 1899 AD)
- STABLE (19th century - 1800 AD to 1899 AD)
- SHELTER SHED (19th century - 1800 AD to 1899 AD)
- BAKEHOUSE (15th century to 19th century - 1400 AD to 1899 AD)
- FLOOR (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
- FARMSTEAD (15th century - 1400 AD to 1499 AD)
- REGULAR COURTYARD E PLAN (19th century - 1800 AD to 1899 AD)
Valley Farm is a farmstead visible on the 1st Ed Os map. The farmstead is laid out in a regular E-plan with additional detached elements. The farmhosue is detached and set away from the yard. The farmstead sits alongisde a public road in an isolated location. This farmstead survives intact with additional sheds to the side.
Substantial Grade II farmhouse with late Georgian Façade made of red-brick. It contains an ostentatious timber-framed structure of early 16th C, with evidence of window tracery and possesses a rare 15th C bakehouse to the rear. The structure's principle chimney contains 3 octagonal shafts and bears the date 1623.
The farm buildings date between the 18th and 19th C and the group is an exceptionally well preserved example of its type containing an unusual variety of buildings.
Barn: 6 bays with original lean-to and twin south-facing threshing floors. It also contains a stable and hayloft.
Other buildings include a purpose built granary on brick piers, an 8 bay shelter shed, a cart lodge and numerous cattle sheds, including an unusual open sided shelter which may have acted as a milking shelter.
The historic importance of this complex lies, not only in any one structure, but in the extent to which they collectively illustrate the sophisticated nature of East Anglian farm yards (S1).
Archaeological monitoring of groundworks associated with the conversion of the farm complex (2008) detected a post medieval floor in the former cow shed as well as brick and tile framgments, likely to relate to an earlier phase in its life (S3).
Recorded as part of the Farmsteads in the Suffolk Countryside Project. This is a purely desk-based study and no site visits were undertaken. These records are not intended to be a definitive assessment of these buildings. Dating reflects their presence at a point in time on historic maps and there is potential for earlier origins to buildings and farmsteads. This project highlights a potential need for a more in depth field study of farmstead to gather more specific age data.
- --- SSF59079 Unpublished document: Campbell, G., and McSorley, G. 2019. SCCAS: Farmsteads in the Suffolk Countryside Project.
- --- SSZ54999 Vertical Aerial Photograph: various. Google Earth.
- --- SXS50088 Map: Ordnance Survey. 1880s. Ordnance Survey 25 inch to 1 mile map, 1st edition.
- --- SXS50094 Map: Ordnance Survey. c 1904. Ordnance Survey 25 inch to 1 mile map, 2nd edition. 25".
- <1> SSF50635 Unpublished document: Alston, L.. 2008. Archaeological Record: Valley Farm, Wickham Market, Suffolk.
- <S2> SSF55254 Unpublished document: Newman J. 2008. Valley Farm, Wickham Market: Archaeological Monitoring Report.
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Record last edited
Nov 25 2019 8:26AM