Farmstead record STF 018 - Farmstead: Purton Green Farm

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Summary

Purton Green Farm is a farmstead visible on the 1st Ed Os map. The farmstead is laid out in a regular full plan with additional detached elements. The farmhouse is detached and set away from the yard. The farmstead sits alongside a private track in a loose farmstead cluster. Only the farmhouse remains.

Location

Grid reference Centred TL 7823 5350 (117m by 133m)
Map sheet TL75SE
Civil Parish STANSFIELD, ST EDMUNDSBURY, SUFFOLK

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Full Description

Purton Green Farm is a farmstead visible on the 1st Ed Os map. The farmstead is laid out in a regular full plan with additional detached elements. The farmhouse is detached and set away from the yard. The farmstead sits alongside a private track in a loose farmstead cluster. Only the farmhouse remains. (S3-6)

13th Century aisled hall house which had its service bay replaced in the 15th C. A jettied upper storey was also added. There are smoke blackened timbers in the hall and the house also contains diamond mullioned windows (S1&2)

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.

From NHRE record:

A medieval timber framed aisled hall house which could be dated as early as the late 13th century. The two storey bay at the north end of the building is a replacement from the 15th century. The two storey bay at the south end was added in the 16th century. The building was restored by the Landmark Trust in 1971. The exterior has exposed studding with plaster infull. The north and the south ends of the upper storey are jettied on exposed joists. The hall has scissor brace roof trusses and the original timbers are smoke blackened. The roof is thatched and hipped. It is one of the earliest framed houses in Britain.

(TL 7821 5352) Purton Green Farm (NAT) (S7)

A timber framed aisled house of the 13th century altered in the 16th/17th century, to a typical farmhouse. (S8)

Purton Green Farm is an outstanding and rare example of its type. The exterior has been well restored by the present owners, the Landmark Trust, and it has been shorn of all the later appendages that can be seen on the published plan. Some new timber is visible in the W front, but most of the remainder is original, and it has a thatched roof.

The interior has a central hall open to the roof, plus upper and lower rooms and a modern kitchen. It is now let as a holiday cottage. See photos.

The ponds close by do not represent the remains of a moat, the long one to the E was probably dug as a fishpond. (S9)

Purton Green Farmhouse, late 13th century timber-framed aisled hall house. Grade 1. (S10)

Related Archives/Objects:
BF078283

Sources/Archives (12)

  • --- Index: Historic England. Related Archives/Objects from NRHE. BF078283.
  • <S1> Article in serial: Kathleen Sandell. 1975. Aisled halls in England and Wales.
  • <S2> Article in serial: Kathleen Sandell. 1986. Aisled Halls in England and Wales.
  • <S3> Unpublished document: Campbell, G., and McSorley, G. 2019. SCCAS: Farmsteads in the Suffolk Countryside Project.
  • <S4> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1880s. Ordnance Survey 25 inch to 1 mile map, 1st edition.
  • <S5> Map: Ordnance Survey. c 1904. Ordnance Survey 25 inch to 1 mile map, 2nd edition. 25".
  • <S6> Vertical Aerial Photograph: various. Google Earth.
  • <S7> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1959. 6" 1959.
  • <S8> Article in serial: Colman, S. and Colman, G.. 1965. A THIRTEENTH CENTURY AISLED HOUSE, PURTON GREEN FARM, STANSFIELD, SUFFOLK.
  • <S9> Source Unchecked: RCHME?. Various. Field Investigators Comments.
  • <S10> Bibliographic reference: District of St Edmundsbury. 1974. List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest.
  • <S11> Digital archive: Historic England. National Record Of the Historic Environment.

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Feb 3 2021 9:34AM

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