Site Event/Activity record ESF20891 - Historic Building Record - Barns at Rise Hall, Akenham

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Location Barns at Rise Hall
Grid reference Centred TM 1465 4873 (40m by 57m)
Map sheet TM14NW



Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service


Not recorded.



Rise Hall is a grade II-listed brick and slate farmhouse of 1826 which is believed to occupy the site the medieval manor of Rous or Rice Hall 120 metres south-west of Akenham parish church and 1 km north of the modern conurbation of Ipswich. The present house replaced a substantial mansion in a walled garden which is reputed to have been built in the 1660s and is shown on an estate map of 1729. The red-brick threshing barn immediately behind the house is a large example of the late-17th or early-18th century which extends to 26 metres in length by 7 metres in width (86 ft by 23 ft) and contains a stable in a contemporary cross-wing to the west. Both the barn and stable preserve a number of original hooded ventilation slits beneath their eaves. The 1729 map shows a second cross-wing to the east, but this was demolished in a major refurbishment that almost certainly occurred in 1826 when the present house replaced the old: the original roof structure of clasped and butt-purlins was replaced in softwood, leaving only a small section intact in the eastern half of the barn, and the upper walls were rebuilt in the western half of the barn and the eastern elevation of the stable. The barn was re-roofed in slate and the stable in peg tiles, but the relatively steep pitch of the original roof structure suggests it was designed for thatch. Project status: Complete Yes, Validated Yes Previous/Future Work: Previous Not known, Future Not known Associated Identifiers: Sitecode AKE 036 NMR No. 1536097 Project Type: Building Recording Methods and Techniques: Photographic Survey, Survey/Recording Of Fabric/Structure Reason for Investigation: Direction from Local Planning Authority - PPG16 Site status: Listed Building Current Land use: Other 2 - In use as a building Monument Type(s)/Period(s): BUILDING Post Medieval , BARN Post Medieval , STABLE Post Medieval Artefact Type(s)/Period(s): NONE None PROJECT LOCATION Area 150.00 Square metres Grid Reference: TM14654870 Point PROJECT CREATOR(S) Brief originator: Local Authority Archaeologist and/or Planning Authority/advisory body Design originator: William Fletcher Director/Manager: David Gill Supervisor: Leigh Alston DIGITAL ARCHIVE Recipient: Suffolk County SMR Contents: other Media: Images raster / digital photography, Text PAPER ARCHIVE Recipient: Suffolk County SMR Contents: other Media: Report BIBLIOGRAPHY Publication Type: Grey literature (unpublished document/manuscript) Title: The Farm Buildings, Rise Hall, Akenham, Suffolk AKE 036 Historic Building Record Author(s)/Editor(s): Alston, L. Other Bibliographic Details: SCCAS Report Date: 2009 Issuer/Publisher: SCCAS Place of Issue or Publication: Bury St Edmunds Description: A4, white cover with colour photo (also available as PDF)

Sources/Archives (1)

  • --- Unpublished document: Alston, L.. 2009. Historic Building Record: The Farm Buildings, Rise Hall, Akenham, Suffolk.

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

  • The Farm Buildings, Rise Hall, Akenham (Farmstead)

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Jun 14 2017 1:51PM

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