Farmstead record SEC 062 - Farmstead: Home Farm

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Summary

Home Farm is a farmstead visible on the 1st Ed Os map. The farmstead is laid out in a parallel plan with the farmhouse detached and set away from the yard. The farmstead is set alongside a public road a loose farmstead cluster. This farmstead survives intact with modern sheds to the side and the historic buildings converted for residential use.

Location

Grid reference Centred TM 2977 8321 (119m by 118m)
Map sheet TM28SE
Civil Parish ST CROSS, SOUTH ELMHAM, WAVENEY, SUFFOLK

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Home Farm is a farmstead visible on the 1st Ed Os map. The farmstead is laid out in a parallel plan with the farmhouse detached and set away from the yard. The farmstead is set alongside a public road a loose farmstead cluster. This farmstead survives intact with modern sheds to the side and the historic buildings converted for residential use.

Grade II listed building: Farmhouse. Late C16/early C17. 2 storeys, formerly with attics; 3-cell lobby-entrance form to main range, and a cross-wing, probably later, on the north. Timber-framed and rendered; black glazed pantiles; ornamental ridge tiles. The internal chimney-stack has a plain red brick shaft. One dormer window within a high gabled projection with a carved and moulded tie-beam, pierced and fluted barge-boards and a spike finial; similar bargeboards and finials to the other gables. Old 3-light and 4-light casement windows with transomes, and some plain 3-light replacement casements. C19 porch in colour- washed brick, enclosed and gabled. At the south end, facing the road, the gable wall is in colour-washed brick: moulded corbels and the moulded base to a former finial at the apex of the roof; a 3-light window with cavetto-moulded brick mullions to the attic storey, 2 similar blocked 2-light windows to the upper floor, and a similar blocked 5-light window to the ground floor. Interior not examined, but the timbers are all said to be covered. Attics now sealed off and roof inaccessible (S1).

2015 Eavesdropper Newsletter: Visit to Home Farm, a timber-framed farmhouse. Currently undergoing renovation. It is a late 16th century two storey timber and attic framed house with its chimney stack at the high end of the hall. It was built in two stages round the chimney stack, with a 17th century kitchen/service cross wing added on the north gable. Interesting features are the large dormer window over the hall bay and a decorative brick gable to the south end. The gable is built of bricks dated aroun 1580. The earliest surviving part is the living room (hall) and pantry (buttery) which was built against the chimney stack with, shortly after, a new parlour (replacing an earlier building) was built open framed against the hall and buttery rand and with a decorative brick gable at the south end.A kitchen/service crosswing was later added to the north end, built open framed against the buttery bay of house. Originally the largest fireplace was on the south side facing into what is now the parlour, with a smaller parlour size fireplace in what is now the hall. The fireplaces were remodelled sometime after the new parlour was built in the 17th century. All parts of the building, including the kitchen/service crosswing, have jowled posts. The roof of the kitchen/service cross wing has clasped side purlings with a single purlin each side. The rest of the house has clasped side purlin with a lower butt purlin each side (S2)

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 (6)

  • --- 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> Digital archive: English Heritage. Listed Buildings Online. List entry Number: 1031962.
  • <S2> Article in serial: Walker, J. and Kirkham, A.. Autumn 2015. Visit to Home Farm, St Cross, South Elmham, Suffolk, Eavesdropper Newsletter, No. 52, pp.16-19.

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Jan 13 2020 3:05PM

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