Farmstead record BLB 095 - Farmstead: Westwood Lodge (Blythburgh Lodge)

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Blythburgh Lodge is a farmstead visible on the 1st Ed OS map and the Blythburgh Tithe map. The farmhouse, barsn and stables are listed and date from the 16th and 17th centuries. 16th C manor house, barn and stables and a 17th C barn. The farmstead is laid out in a full regular courtyard pattern with an additional H plan, linear plan, and detached elements. This farmstead has survived largely intact with most of the working buildings still in place representing as little as 25% loss. The farmstead sits alongside a private track in an isolated position.


Grid reference Centred TM 4643 7376 (156m by 157m)
Map sheet TM47SE


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Full Description

Range of farm buildings in the grounds of a 16th C brick manor house. An extra wing was added to this house in the 17th C and a number of alterations were carried out at the same time. A 16th C timber-framed, weatherboarded and brick stable with a purlin roof and diamond mullioned windows is present at this site; this is believed to be one of the earliest surviving agricultural buildings which is not a barn in the county. Two barns also stand at this site; the first is a 16th C timber-framed and weatherboarded 9 bay barn with a queenpost roof. The second is a 17th C timber-framed, weatherboarded and brick barn, also with a queenpost roof. This barn originally had 5 bays, although it was later extended by 4 bays (S1).

Previously recorded under BLB 079 in error.

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 (5)

  • --- Unpublished document: Campbell, G., and McSorley, G. 2019.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 Unpublished document: Aitkens, P and Wade-Martins, S.. 1998.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

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Jun 20 2019 10:04AM

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