Grundisburgh Hall

17 Nov 2000
Grundisburgh Hall, (Off) Ipswich Road, Grundisburgh, Suffolk Coastal, Suffolk
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.

GRUNDISBURGH (Off) IPSWICH ROAD TM 24 NW (East side) 4/88 16/3/66 Grundisburgh Hall GV II House. Early C17 with extensive C20 additions and alterations. Timber framed with rendered and colourwashed infill and Flemish bond brick with a plain tile roof. Two storeys and attic. Entrance front: three bays symmetrically disposed. Central plank door with moulded muntins at either side of which, at the top, are 3-light casements which join with an overlight, also of three lights. To either side at ground floor level are mullioned windows of 5 lights with ovolo-moulded mullions and a transom.

Two similar lateral mullions to the first floor and a central similar 4- light window. Metal rainwater pipes with decorated rectangular heads between the bays. Dividing the first floor from the projecting gabled dormers is an ovolo-moulded string course. The attic has two lateral gables with 3-light casements and, at centre, a stilted gable, also with a 3-light ovolo-moulded mullion window. Early C19 prints show this front to have had canted bay windows to the lateral bays which died back above first floor level to smaller attic canted bays which had decoratively hipped roofs, probably of lead. The facade was given a classical treatment in the early C19 with Diocletian windows to the gables and was given its present appearance in the 1960s. Right hand flank: exposed basement level due to the fall of land. Massive chimney stack slightly at left of centre in English bond brick which splays out via kneelers and then dies back via crow-steps and terminates in 3 octagonal shafts with moulded bases and faceted caps. The basement level of this front is also of English bond brick with a colourwashed walling to the ground and first floors. To the ground floor at right a C20 mullioned and transomed window of 4 lights and to the first floor at either side of the chimney stack are single-light windows. Recessed and at right of this is a large C20 addition which has a basement, ground and first floors with a flat roof. The left hand side has a slightly projecting plinth with a plank door at left with muntins. To the first floor are two cross windows with ovolo-moulded surrounds and brick hoodmoulds with label stops. Kneelers support the shaped gable which has a concave lower body and convex top with 3 octagonal chimney shafts with moulded bases and interlocked caps. Rear: to right is the projecting C20 wing and to the left of this and recessed is the cl7 range which has C20 fenestration save in the staircase turret at right which has to the ground floor two 2-light casements at mezzanine level between the ground and first floors. A 5-light ovolo-moulded mullioned window with transom and a similar window to the mezzanine level between the first floor and attics. To left of this is a large hall window being two windows of 3 x 3 lights divided by a king mullion. To the first floor above this are two similar windows of 3 x 2 lights divided by a king mullion and to the gable is a 3-light casement.

Interior: The library has late C16 panelling brought from the demolished portion of the house. This has debased Ionic capitals with cabled fluting and square panels to the overmantel with egg-and-dart surrounds. Chamfered ceiling beams with stepped run-out stops and a Tudor arch to the hearth with chamfered voussoirs. The hall has chamfered wall posts which originally had decorative jowels, now somewhat cut back. Ceiling beams with ovolo moulded edges and hollow channels to the centres. Cross arrangement of beams, the axial beam halved over cross-axial beam.

Decorative plaster motifs to the ceiling, central rosettes with fleurs de lys to the corners of each panel, brought from the demolished portion of the house. Staircase of 4 flights with turned balusters and newels, heavy moulded handrail with ball finials. Similar dado rails. To the first floor one room has a similar cross-pattern of ceiling beams, here with hollow centres. To the attic landing is a late C17 mural painting of 70 coats of arms of East Anglian families. The roof has principals, collars and arched wind braces. The C17 portion of the house was one range of an extensive building of C16 and C17 dates extending south of the present house and demolished in the 1960's.

Listing NGR: TM2227349910


This is part of the Series: IOE01/1295 IOE Records taken by R H MacMillan; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© R H MacMillan. Source: Historic England Archive

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Photographer: Macmillan, R H

Rights Holder: Macmillan, R H


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