93 And 95 Risbygate Street / 93-95 Risbygate Street

28 Jul 2002
93 And 95 Risbygate Street, Bury St Edmunds, St Edmundsbury, Suffolk, IP33 3AA
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93-95 Risbygate Street, Bury St Edmunds, St Edmundsbury, Suffolk, IP33 3AA
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.


TL8564SW RISBYGATE STREET 639-1/7/535 (North side) 07/08/52 Nos.93 AND 95 (Formerly Listed as: RISBYGATE STREET Nos.93-95 (Consecutive))


House, previously divided into 3, then 2; now a shop and offices. C14 and C16 interior; early C19 front. Timber-framed and jettied, apart from a single unjettied bay at the east end. Render to the upper storey, white brick to the ground storey. Plaintiled roof. An internal chimney-stack has a square shaft on a rectangular red brick base. A rear wing at the west end. EXTERIOR: 2 storeys and cellar. 6 windows to the upper storey: 16-pane sashes in flush cased frames. 5 windows to the ground storey, irregularly spaced: 16-pane sashes in plain reveals; flat cement arches have vermiculated keystones and stub brackets. Similar flat arches to the 2 doors, which have plain wood surrounds and rectangular fanlights. At No.95 an original doorway with a flower carved in each spandrel of the doorhead remains within the later door case. A 2-storey gabled rear wing on the north west and a rear range, parallel to the front, with a row of 3 gables. INTERIOR: apart from the roofs, most of the original high-quality framing was exposed during recent restoration. The range consisted initially of 2 separate houses, merged into one by the late C16. On the west, a 2-bay early-C16 front range was attached to and partly replaced a mid-C14 house set at right angles to the street. 2 storied rear bays of this C14 house survive but were seriously damaged by fire in the 1980s so that most of the features by which it could be closely dated have either disappeared or are now concealed. These included a doorway with a pointed arch leading from the rear yard into what appeared to be a kitchen, an impression further borne out by the use of original flint walling, less subject than timber to fire risk, on the ground storey of this range. The ground storey ceiling has heavy closely-set unchamfered joists and there are surviving diamond mullioned windows to each storey. An open hall associated with this storied end was replaced in the C16 by the ground storey of the northern bay of the front: this has tension bracing in the gable-end wall, double ogee-moulding to main beams and joists and a C18/early

C19 end stack built of reused Tudor brick. A cross-entry and shop were in the adjoining front bay. On the 1st storey the room over the hall was (and still is) fully partitioned off from the adjoining upper room, suggesting an irregular initial division of this part of the building into 2. On the east was a separate early C16 house, well framed in a similar style, of which 2 bays and the remains of a cross-entry survive. It was initially divided into 2 one-bay rooms on each storey, heated by chimney-stacks on the rear wall. By the late C16, when the 2 houses were combined, an internal chimney-stack with 2 back-to-back hearths was inserted into the western bay. This stack has plain timber lintels to the hearths and a liberal admixture of reused stone blocks in the jambs and sides. Along the front wall the very deep sills of large oriel windows survive and there is evidence for other oriels on the upper storey as well as the remains of secondary windows with ovolo-moulded mullions. At the same time a gallery which contained a stair was added against the rear wall: this has now been incorporated into the front range. (Aitkens P: Plans & Annotated Drawings made during Restoration: 1987-).

Listing NGR: TL8501564490


This is part of the Series: IOE01/1658 IOE Records taken by John Rawlinson; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© Mr John Rawlinson. Source: Historic England Archive

This photograph was taken for the Images of England project

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Photographer: Rawlinson, John

Rights Holder: Rawlinson, John


Brick, Render, Tile, Timber, Medieval Jettied House, Monument (By Form), Jettied Building, Timber Framed Building, Timber Framed House, House, Domestic, Dwelling, Shop, Commercial, Office, Unassigned, Building