Farmstead record HTC 071 - Farmstead: Dale Farm

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Summary

Dale Farm is a farmstead visible on the 1st Ed Os map. The farmstead is laid out in a regular courtyard U-plan with additional detached elements. The farmhouse is detached and set side on to the yard. The farmstead sits alongside a public road in an isolated location. There has been a partial loss of working buildings with additional modern sheds on site.

Location

Grid reference Centred TL 9782 5254 (96m by 93m)
Map sheet TL95SE
Civil Parish HITCHAM, BABERGH, SUFFOLK

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Full Description

Dale Farm is a farmstead visible on the 1st Ed Os map. The farmstead is laid out in a regular courtyard U-plan with additional detached elements. The farmhouse is detached and set side on to the yard. The farmstead sits alongside a public road in an isolated location. There has been a partial loss of working buildings with additional modern sheds on site. (S2-5)

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.

15th C timber-framed farmhouse, originally a medieval hall but with a floor inserted in the 17th C. The upper level is plastered while the lower level is red brick. This farmhouse has a thatched roof and a chimneystack which was inserted in the 17th C.

In the farmyard stands a 17th C timber-framed and weatherboarded 6 bay barn, which was originally thatched. Part of the barn was used for stabling with a hayloft above, whilst the rest was used for threshing. The barn re-uses many timbers from all periods.

At right angles to the barn is a 19th C timber-framed stable which is red brick at lower level and weatherboarded at upper level and would have originally had a slate roof. The first floor of this structure re-uses 16th C timbers which appear to have come from a high status parlour chamber.

There is also a 19th C cartlodge in the grounds. (S1)

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <S1> Unpublished document: Aitkens, P and Wade-Martins, S.. 1998. The Farmsteads of Suffolk. A Thematic Study.
  • <S2> Vertical Aerial Photograph: various. Google Earth.
  • <S3> Map: Ordnance Survey. c 1904. Ordnance Survey 25 inch to 1 mile map, 2nd edition. 25".
  • <S4> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1880s. Ordnance Survey 25 inch to 1 mile map, 1st edition.
  • <S5> Unpublished document: Campbell, G., and McSorley, G. 2019. SCCAS: Farmsteads in the Suffolk Countryside Project.

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Apr 28 2021 7:54AM

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