Linton House

30 Jul 2000
Linton House, 101 High Street, Swaffham Bulbeck, East Cambridgeshire, Cambridgeshire, CB5 0LX
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.

TL 5562 SWAFFHAM BULBECK HIGH STREET (East Side) 16/130 No. 101 (Linton House) GV II

House, originally an open hall, c1500 extended by two bays to South late C16. In late C18 the small kitchen or bakehouse wing at the back was added. Timber-framing, exposed, with rendered infill. Thatched roof of reed with a ridge stack of red and yellow brick, c1600. Original plan of four bays with cross-passage at left hand, converted to lobby-entry plan c1600. Two storeys. Three Tudoresque windows with arched top panes at first and, ground storeys, late C19. The doors are C20 but are in the original locations. At left hand gable end there is a doorway, now blocked, to the service end and at the rear an original hall window of five lights with diamond mullions, now lighting a small closet at the side ofthe chimney stack. The two bay addition at right hand is also timber-framed and thatched. The end stack, contemporary with the extension, is of similar brickwork to the stack inserted into the open hall. The late C18 addition at the rear is of brick. Single storey with tiled roof and end stack. Inside the framing is substantial and intact except for one tie beam and part of the wall plate at the front which have been removed. The roof is of crown-post construction in four bays and five trusses. The crown-posts are unmoulded and have cranked bracing, similar to that of the main trusses, from the crown-posts to the collar purlin only. There is no evidence of smoke blackening, but the display truss has been partly mutilated where the stack has been inserted. There is a closed truss in the roof between the parlour end of the hall house and the two bay addition. There is no evidence that the roof extended beyond this point. The posts to each of the trusses are thickened at the heads and there is similar cranked bracing from the posts to the tie beams. The tie beams have plain stop chamfers. At first floor there are a number of original shutter grooves to window openings, now blocked. There is an original partition wall between the hall and service bay, and this wall retains the two service doorway openings into the cross-passage. There are two C20 doorways on the site of the original back and front entries to this cross-passage. In the gable end wall of the service bay is a blocked doorway retaining its original arched head. The c1600 insertions include an inglenook, now blocked or removed, a smaller hearth to the parlour and an upper chamber. In the two bay extension there is an inglenook and a smaller hearth in the room above. The main beams of the ceiling in this part have stop chamfers of c1600.

R.C.H.M. (North East Cambs), p105, mon (7).

Listing NGR: TL5557162238


This is part of the Series: IOE01/1185 IOE Records taken by Bruce Knight; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© Mr Bruce Knight. Source: Historic England Archive

This photograph was taken for the Images of England project

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Photographer: Knight, Bruce

Rights Holder: Knight, Bruce


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