Farmstead record KNN 019 - Farmstead: Potash Farm

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Summary

Potash Farm, Kenton. 19th century farmstead and 18th century farmhouse with converted buildings. Regular courtyard L-shaped plan formed by working agricultural buildings. The farmhouse is set away from the yard. Partial loss (less than 50%) of the traditional farm buildings. Located within an village.

Location

Grid reference Centred TM 1897 6672 (90m by 108m)
Map sheet TM16NE
Civil Parish KENTON, MID SUFFOLK, SUFFOLK

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Full Description

Potash Farm adjoins the eastern side of the Eye Road at the northern edge of Kenton parish. The former farmhouse is a grade II-listed building and the barn lies on the road just to the north. At the time of the 1839 tithe survey the farm was an owner-occupied holding with a modest 21.5 acres of arable land in the parish, but given the scale of the house and barn it is likely that more lay across the nearby boundary with Bedingfield. The timber-framed barn consists of two thatched and weatherboarded wings adjoining corner-to-corner at right-angles to create a highly distinctive and picturesque external appearance that forms a landmark at the entrance to the village. This unusual configuration was caused by the mid-20th century demolition of the central and northern bays of a standard three-bay threshing barn, leaving only its large porch and southern bay extant. The barn dated from the late-18th or early-19th century and was broadly contemporary with the house facade, while the porch was added a few years later. The present southern wing also includes a stable with a hay loft that was added to the barn's southern gable before 1839, along with a pantiled lean-to shed - both features being shown on the tithe map. The resulting fragment contains no fewer than four late-18th and early-19th century timber frames of different phases, and is accordingly of some historic significance as it illustrates the often complex development of East Anglian farm buildings (S1).

Potash Farm, Kenton. 19th century farmstead and 18th century farmhouse with converted buildings. Regular courtyard L-shaped plan formed by working agricultural buildings. The farmhouse is set away from the yard. Partial loss (less than 50%) of the traditional farm buildings. Located within an village (S2-7).

Sources/Archives (7)

  • --- Unpublished document: Campbell, G., and McSorley, G. 2019. SCCAS: Farmsteads in the Suffolk Countryside Project.
  • --- Map: 1841. Kenton Tithe Map.
  • --- 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".
  • --- Map: Ordnance Survey. 1949. Ordnance Survey 6 inch to 1, mile, 3rd edition. 1:10,560.
  • <S1> Unpublished document: Alston, L.. 2012. Heritage Asset Assessment: Barn at Potash Farm, Kenton, Suffolk.

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Nov 30 2020 12:32PM

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