Farmstead record HEN 013 - Farmstead: Brook House Farm (Broadgreen Farm)
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|Grid reference||Centred TM 1688 5305 (103m by 116m)|
|Civil Parish||HENLEY, MID SUFFOLK, SUFFOLK|
Type and Period (12)
- COW HOUSE (18th century - 1700 AD to 1799 AD)
- GRANARY (18th century - 1700 AD to 1799 AD)
- BARN (17th century - 1600 AD to 1699 AD)
- SHELTER SHED (19th century - 1800 AD to 1833 AD)
- SHED (19th century - 1833 AD to 1867 AD)
- STABLE (19th century - 1800 AD to 1833 AD)
- HAYLOFT (19th century - 1800 AD to 1833 AD)
- COW HOUSE (19th century - 1867 AD to 1899 AD)
- APOTROPAIC MARK (Undated)
- FARMHOUSE (19th century - 1800 AD to 1899 AD)
- FARMSTEAD (17th century - 1600 AD to 1699 AD)
- LOOSE COURTYARD PLAN (FOUR SIDED) (19th century - 1800 AD to 1899 AD)
2008: Brook House Farm is one of two farmsteads which define the extent of a medieval green in
the north-eastern corner of Henley parish, and until recently was known as Broadgreen Farm.
For this reason alone it forms an historically important feature in the local landscape. The layout of the scattered group of farm buildings has changed little since the tithe survey of 1838, and represents a rare example of a traditional Suffolk farm complex. Most groups this kind were wholly or substantially rebuilt to achieve greater unity and efficiency during the agricultural revolution of the mid-19th century, but the only concession to the new fashion in this instance was the provision of uniform pantiled roofs.
The buildings include an 18th century timber-framed granary of unusual form (probably with a neathouse on its lower storey) and an early-19th century detached stable with hay rack and loft. The only individual structure of sufficient age and rarity to merit listing at grade II is themid-17th century timber-framed barn which adjoins the pond in the south-eastern corner of the site. Originally extending to three bays with a central entrance its walls contain curved and exceptionally massive curved primary braces that are without parallel in my experience. The barn was extended to the south by one bay and re-roofed in the 18th century, but remains an impressive survival nonetheless. A series of apotropaic (evil-averting) circular symbols on the internal plaster of its porch are also of historic value (S1).
2011: A historic asset assessment was undertaken in advance of proposals for conversion. The farm comprises a scattered group of farm buildings, which is little changed since the tithe survey of 1838, and represents a rare example of a traditional farm complex, located on the edge of a medieval green. The buildings include an 18th century timber-framed granary (probably with a neathouse on its lower storey), a combined cart lodge and sheltershed, an early 19th century detached stable with hay rack and loft, and an mid 17th century timber-framed barn with the later addition of a lean-to stable. The barn retains a gault brick threshing floor, and despite being extended by one bay to the south and reroofed in the 18th century, is a good survival. A series of apotrophaic markings were recorded on the internal plaster of the porch of the barn (S2).
Brook House Farm (Broadgreen Farm), Henley. 17th century farmstead and farmhouse with converted buildings. Loose courtyard four-sided plan formed by working agricultural buildings. The farmhouse is detached facing side on to the yard. Partial loss (less than 50%) of the traditional farm buildings and the farmhouse. Located within a loose farmstead cluster (S3-8).
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.
- --- SSF60349 Unpublished document: Alston, L.. 2008. Historical Assessment: Brook House Farm, Henley.
- <S1> SSF53850 Unpublished document: Alston, L.. 2011. Historic Building Record: Brook House Farm, Henley, Suffolk.
- <S3> SSF59079 Unpublished document: Campbell, G., and McSorley, G. 2019. SCCAS: Farmsteads in the Suffolk Countryside Project.
- <S4> SXS50088 Map: Ordnance Survey. 1880s. Ordnance Survey 25 inch to 1 mile map, 1st edition.
- <S5> SXS50094 Map: Ordnance Survey. c 1904. Ordnance Survey 25 inch to 1 mile map, 2nd edition. 25".
- <S6> SSZ54999 Vertical Aerial Photograph: various. Google Earth.
- <S7> SXS50102 Map: Ordnance Survey. 1949. Ordnance Survey 6 inch to 1, mile, 3rd edition. 1:10,560.
- <S8> SSF59791 Map: 1839. Henley Tithe Map.
- None recorded
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Record last edited
Sep 9 2022 11:17AM