Site Event/Activity record ESF20698 - Barns at High Trees Farm, East Bergholt

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Location EBG 040 Barns at High Trees farm East Bergholt
Grid reference Centred TM 075 356 (69m by 63m)
Map sheet TM03NE



Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service


Not recorded.



High Trees Farm adjoins open countryside on the northern edge of the modern village of East Bergholt. The grade II-listed farmhouse is a 15th century open hall with a later brick facade in 1844 it formed a substantial tenanted holding of 166 acres on the Old Hall estate. The two timber-framed and weatherboarded threshing barns are of similar scale and appearance, both with gabled porches to the south-west, but are of slightly different periods: the southernmost barn dates from circa 1820 and is shown on the enclosure map of 1817, while the northernmost replaced an earlier barn on the opposite side of the farm track in c.1860. They represent good examples of 19th century East Anglian threshing barns; one reflecting the cereal boom of the Napoleonic wars and the other, in conjunction with its attached cattle yard and shelter-sheds, the 'Victorian High Farming' movement of the mid-19th century. Both buildings incorporate copious re-used timber, but subtle differences in the fabric of their walls and roof structures illustrate the movement from fully jointed framing towards the nailed softwood which became ubiquitous at the end of the 19th century. They once formed part of an unusual linear complex of enclosed Victorian cattle yards as shown on the Ordnance Survey of 1882. The extent to which the site's historic context and interest has been depleted by demolition, coupled with the replacement of the barns' original cladding and roofing, means that neither is likely to meet the strict English Heritage criteria for listing. Project status: Complete Yes, Validated Yes Previous/Future Work: Previous No, Future No Associated Identifiers: Sitecode EBG 040 NMR No. 1529961 Project Type: Building Recording Methods and Techniques: Photographic Survey Reason for Investigation: Direction from Local Planning Authority - PPS Site status: curtilage of a listed building Current Land use: Other 2 - In use as a building Monument Type(s)/Period(s): BARN Post Medieval Artefact Type(s)/Period(s): NONE None PROJECT LOCATION Area 1000.00 Square metres Grid Reference: TM075356 Point Height 42.00 - 42.50 metres PROJECT CREATOR(S) Brief originator: Local Authority Archaeologist and/or Planning Authority/advisory body Design originator: Edward Martin Director/Manager: David Gill Supervisor: Leigh Alston DIGITAL ARCHIVE Recipient: Suffolk County SMR Contents: Survey Media: Images raster / digital photography PAPER ARCHIVE Recipient: Suffolk County SMR Contents: Survey Media: Report BIBLIOGRAPHY Publication Type: Grey literature (unpublished document/manuscript) Title: Barn at High Trees Farm, East Bergholt:Historic Building Record Author(s)/Editor(s): 'Alston, L.' Date: 2010 Issuer/Publisher: SCCAS Place of Issue or Publication: Shire Hall, Bury St Edmunds Description: Standard SCCAS client report: A4, soft bound, colour

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  • --- Unpublished document: Alston, L.. 2010. Historic Building Record: Barns at High Trees Farm, East Bergholt, Suffolk.

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

  • Barns at High Trees Farm, East Bergholt (Building)

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Mar 25 2011 2:43PM

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