Site Event/Activity record ESF20940 - Barn recording at Garden House Farm, Drinkstone

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Location Barn at Gardenhouse Farm
Grid reference Centred TL 967 597 (30m by 24m)
Map sheet TL95NE



Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service


Not recorded.



Garden House Farm lies in open countryside at the southern edge of Drinkstone parish. Until a very recent diversion the site was bisected by the parish boundary with the house in Drinkstone and the barn in Rattlesden. The farm is shown on two tithe maps of 1838 and 1839, at which time it formed part of Pegg's Farm in Rattlesden and the 'cottage' was let separately from its 47.5 acres of owner-occupied land. The cottage was named separately as 'Gardenhouse Farm' on the Ordnance Survey of 1885. The barn is a flint structure with a distinctive outline that appears on the tithe maps in much the same form as today. It represents an unusually small 'Napoleonic' example reflecting the agricultural boom in Suffolk during the early-19th century. The building consists of a gabled porch and threshing floor with a single storage bay to the south and various attached and detached sheds. The gault brick threshing floor is among the best preserved in the region, although in other respects the fabric has been much altered with a 20th century roof structure. The northern elevation consists of boarded studwork where it adjoins a small, single-storied timber-framed shed that was probably built from re-used timber as a stable in the early-19th century, while two boarded sheds to the east are late-20th century replacements of earlier sheds shown on 19th century maps. Given the extent of these alterations the barn does not meet the strict English Heritage criteria for listing. Project status: Complete Yes, Validated Yes Previous/Future Work: Previous No, Future No Associated Identifiers: Sitecode DRK 029 NMR No. 1540553 Project Type: Building Recording Methods and Techniques: Photographic Survey Reason for Investigation: Direction from Local Planning Authority - PPG16 Site status: None Current Land use: Other 2 - In use as a building Monument Type(s)/Period(s): BARN Modern Artefact Type(s)/Period(s): NONE None PROJECT LOCATION Area 200.00 Square metres Grid Reference: TL967597 Point Height 78.00 - 79.00 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, Text PAPER ARCHIVE Recipient: Suffolk County SMR Contents: Survey Media: Report BIBLIOGRAPHY Publication Type: Grey literature (unpublished document/manuscript) Title: Barn at Garden House Farm, Drinkstone, DRK029: 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: SCCAS client report, soft bound, A4 ,colour

Sources/Archives (1)

  • --- Unpublished document: Alston, L.. 2010. Historic Building Record: Barn at Garden House Farm, Drinkstone, Suffolk.

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

  • Barn, Garden House Farm, Drinkstone (Building)

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Jun 18 2011 11:51AM

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