Number 5 And Attached Walls / 4 And 5 Sparhawk Street

15 Aug 2002
Number 5 And Attached Walls, 5 Sparhawk Street, Bury St Edmunds, St Edmundsbury, Suffolk, IP33 1RY
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4 And 5 Sparhawk Street, Bury St Edmunds, St Edmundsbury, Suffolk, IP33 1RY
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.


TL8563NE SPARHAWK STREET 639-1/11/584 (West side) 07/08/52 No.5 and attached walls (Formerly Listed as: SPARHAWK STREET (West side) Nos.4 AND 5)


House, previously divided into 2. Late C16 and c1600. Timber-framed and rendered; plaintiled roof. An internal chimney-stack has 4 attached hexagonal shafts on a rectangular base. 3-cell internal chimney and cross-entry plan to front range, jettied; a long rear wing, forming an L. A small central section of the jetty has been underbuilt. EXTERIOR: 2 storeys and cellar. 3 windows to each storey: one 4-light original oriel-type window and two 12-pane sash windows to the 1st storey with a blocked central window; 16-pane sashes to the ground storey, with one wider 28-pane shop window on the left. 2 half-glazed doors, one blocked, with a foot-scraper beside it. On the right, a short length of high C19 red brick wall with a boarded door in a pointed arched doorway. INTERIOR: plain framing to front range, little exposed on ground storey; widely-spaced studding above and main posts with long jowls. Several windows, with ovolo-moulded mullions and intermediate wooden bars, have been inserted, one on the ground storey, 2 above; housings in the rear wallplate indicate that the original upper windows had diamond mullions.

The internal stack has only one ground storey hearth exposed with a rounded back to the brickwork and a plain timber lintel, chamfered, with scroll stops. The brick above the lintel has the remains of pink colouring and lining. 2 hearths on the upper storey: in the middle room, rounded stone blocks form the jambs supporting a small timber lintel; in the south end room, the lintel has a black letter inscription above surrounded by a decorated border. An ornate panel to one side has the date 1600 twice and initials E.S. and I.S. The work is somewhat crude but the lettering is still clear and reads: 'Wisdom knowledge and understanding ar the sowls most precious(?) clothing give the glory (unto) God only.' It is covered by a glass panel. The fireplace below had rounded stone jambs and a timber lintel, but now contains a later grate with a C18 eared surround.

The rear range, which seems slightly older than the front, is in 2 bays, with a small fragment of a 3rd bay at its east end linking in with the front; at its west end a small early C19 extension has a raised duck's nest grate on the upper storey. Although there is an attic window in the gable no part of the roof-space is now accessible.

Listing NGR: TL8569363856


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Photographer: Rawlinson, John

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Brick, Render, Tile, Timber, Tudor Jettied House, Elizabethan Monument <By Form>, Jettied Building, Timber Framed Building, Timber Framed House, House, Domestic, Dwelling, Wall, Barrier