Farmstead record SLD 001 - Farmstead: Rockylls Hall

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Summary

Rockylls Hall, Shelland. 18th century farmstead and 17th century farmhouse. Regular courtyard E-shaped plan formed by working agricultural buildings with additional detached elements. The farmhouse is set away from the yard. Significant loss (over 50%) of the traditional farm buildings. Located within a hamlet

Location

Grid reference Centred TL 9987 6053 (170m by 140m)
Map sheet TL96SE
Civil Parish SHELLAND, MID SUFFOLK, SUFFOLK

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Full Description

Rockylls Hall occupies the site of a former medieval manor and is listed Grade II, along with the stable in the farmyard.

A small, single storied shed immediately behind the house is a remarkable building of 18th/19th C, with no direct parallel in the authors experience. It consists of 4 small, unlit compartments, each 4mx2.4m/A. 2 of these compartments were further divided, and the other 2 provided a ceiling and loft. The structure contains an unusually small boarded manger, with evidence of a second. The present tarred weatherboarding is secondary, but areas of original butt-jointed boarding with rare red-ochre pigment survive within 2 19th C lean-to additions. The building was probably designed as a range of pig sties, and is an exceptionally early example of its type.

Mid-19th C cattle yard found to the N-E of the house, including a range of open sided shelter sheds of standard type. Other buildings not inspected (S1).

Rockylls Hall, Shelland. 18th century farmstead and 17th century farmhouse. Regular courtyard E-shaped plan formed by working agricultural buildings with additional detached elements. The farmhouse is set away from the yard. Significant loss (over 50%) of the traditional farm buildings. Located within a hamle (S2-7).

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.

Sources/Archives (7)

  • <S1> Unpublished document: Alston, L.. 2008. Archaeological Record: Outbuildings at Rockylls Hall, Shelland, Suffolk.
  • <S2> Unpublished document: Campbell, G., and McSorley, G. 2019. SCCAS: Farmsteads in the Suffolk Countryside Project.
  • <S3> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1880s. Ordnance Survey 25 inch to 1 mile map, 1st edition.
  • <S4> Map: Ordnance Survey. c 1904. Ordnance Survey 25 inch to 1 mile map, 2nd edition. 25".
  • <S5> Vertical Aerial Photograph: various. Google Earth.
  • <S6> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1949. Ordnance Survey 6 inch to 1, mile, 3rd edition. 1:10,560.
  • <S7> Map: 1839. Shelland Tithe Map.

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Apr 8 2021 2:07PM

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