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St. Edmundsbury (District Authority)
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TL8564SW ABBEYGATE STREET 639-1/14/152 (South side) 07/08/52 No.56


Includes: Nos.1 AND 2A WHITING STREET. Shop. Late C15, C16 and C17, refronted in the early C19. Timber-framed, rendered and lined; slate roof with a plain parapet and paired mutules to the heavy moulded cornice. EXTERIOR: 3 storeys and cellars; on a corner site with a return front to Whiting Street. L-shaped plan with a rear range running behind No.55 Abbeygate Street (qv). On the Abbeygate Street frontage 2 windows to each storey, 12-pane sashes to the 1st storey and 9-pane to the 2nd storey, all in heavy cased frames. Moulded fascia to the shop front which continues round into Whiting Street: shop windows with vertical glazing-bars. Along the Whiting Street frontage there is a drop in the level of the ground and first storey windows: 5 window range, sashes in cased frames, some with glazing-bars. 7 C20 large-paned sash windows to the ground storey. A wide doorway with fluted columns, plain architrave and dentil frieze has C20 columns of Ashburton marble behind. INTERIOR: extensive cellars, medieval below the Whiting Street range, where their walls are of flint, coursed with lines of tiles, and a heavy chamfered main ceiling-beam is supported on piers of reused Abbey stone with the joists lodged above it. A later cellar below the rear range is lined with coursed limestone blocks, and a C19 brick-lined section links the 2. Heavy timbers exposed on the ground storey show that the building has at least 4 stages of development, with the oldest part the 4 bays at the south end of the Whiting Street range. These originally formed a single-ended Wealden house with a 2-bay open hall linked to a jettied service bay by a wide cross-entry. Empty mortices in the central beam show that the service bay was divided into 2; the cross-beam at the lower end of the hall has mortices for a former screen. The inserted ceiling in the former hall was jettied along the street and has multiple roll-mouldings on the timbers; the main cross-beams have an ornate carved boss at their intersection in which a circle of flowers is enclosed by a foliated surround. Associated with this range, and probably contemporary with it, is a 2-storey 2-bay range which extended behind the hall; a short gap between the 2 frames formerly containing a chimney-stack. This

range has a plain crown-post roof with the crown-posts braced downwards to the tie-beams and upwards to the collar-purlin. A further 2-bay 2-storey range was added to the east with very little difference of date between: this also has a crown-post roof, braced to the collar-purlin only. To the north of the Wealden section a long single-bay room was added, also jettied, with flat unchamfered heavy joists and main beams with a delicate cresting ornament enclosed by roll-mouldings. Further north again, the 2 corner bays have plain heavy joists and chamfered main beams with a long dragon-beam supported by a corner-post. On its 2 external faces are carved the slightly-mutilated figures of a man and woman in early C16 costume. The outer studding is missing, but mortices indicate the position of doors and windows for a shop. Within the angle of the front and rear is a restored Jacobean stair with carved and pierced splat balusters and moulded handrails; the ornate newel-posts have open lantern finials. The roof over the Whiting Street range has been replaced. Nos 1 and 2A Whiting Street were listed on 120772. (BOE: Pevsner N: Radcliffe E: Suffolk: London: 1974-: 149).

Listing NGR: TL8531664173


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Pevsner, N, The Buildings of England: Suffolk, (1974), 149


This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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