Site Event/Activity record ESF21292 - Heritage Asset Assessment - The Old Maltings, Barton Mills

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Location The Old Maltings, The Street, Barton Mills
Grid reference Centred TL 725 738 (28m by 37m)
Map sheet TL77SW



Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service


Not recorded.



The former maltings at Barton Mills adjoins the southern bank of the River Lark. This section of the river was made navigable at the beginning the 18th century and the adjacent crossroads became an important industrial and commercial centre. The maltings is shown in much the same form as today on an enclosure map of 1796, and retains part of a brick structure of the late-18th century which extended to over 40m in length between the crossroads and the riverbank. Maltings of this early period are rare survivals, but unfortunately this example was extensively altered and partly rebuilt in the mid-20th century when it was converted into a storage facility for the mill. These alterations included heightening the walls, replacing the roof structure and inserting Crittall windows throughout. Further changes occurred at the end of the 20th century. The western range of the building was rebuilt in the late-19th century and has also been extensively altered. A number of original ceiling joists survive in the 18th century range, however, and more historic fabric may be revealed behind modern dry-lining during any future conversion work. The northern end of the same range has been truncated and ground archaeology may uncover additional evidence of the building's extent and the origins of commercial activity on the site. While the maltings has been too heavily altered to merit listing, it remains of historic interest insofar as its industrial external appearance contributes to the commercial character of the local area. A supplementary report can be found under OASIS ref suffolkc1-116445. Project status: Complete Yes, Validated Yes Previous/Future Work: Previous No, Future Yes Associated Identifiers: HER event no. BTM 049 Sitecode BTM 049 Planning Application No. F/2010/0730 Planning Application No. F/2009/0378 OASIS form ID suffolkc1-116445 Project Type: Building Recording Methods and Techniques: Photographic Survey Reason for Investigation: Planning condition Current Land use: Other 3 - Built over Monument Type(s)/Period(s): MALTINGS Post Medieval Artefact Type(s)/Period(s): NONE None PROJECT LOCATION Area 902.00 Square metres Grid Reference: TM725738 Point 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 Council Archaeological Service ID: BTM 049 Contents: other Media: Images raster / digital photography, Text PAPER ARCHIVE Recipient: Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service ID: BTM 049 Contents: other Media: Correspondence, Report BIBLIOGRAPHY Publication Type: Grey literature (unpublished document/manuscript) Title: The Old Maltings, Barton Mills, Suffolk, BTM 049, Heritage Asset Assessment Author(s)/Editor(s): Alston, L. Other Bibliographic Details: SCCAS Report Date: 2011 Issuer/Publisher: SCCAS Place of Issue or Publication: Bury St Edmunds Description: A4, comb bound, white cover with colour photograph, two appendices (also available in pdf format)

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <S1> Unpublished document: Alston, L.. 2011. Heritage Asset Assessment: The Old Maltings, Barton Mills, Suffolk Barton Mills, Suffolk BTM 049 The Old Maltings, Barton Mills, Suffolk: Heritage Asset Assessment.

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

  • The Old Maltings (Building)

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Jan 22 2018 4:08PM

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