Site Event/Activity record ESF21293 - Saviours Barn, Wingfield: Historic Building Record

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Location Saviours Barn, Wingfield Green, Wingfield, Suffolk
Grid reference Centred TM 216 770 (25m by 15m)
Map sheet TM27NW



Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service


Not recorded.



Saviours Barn adjoins open countryside on the western edge of Wingfield Green. The timber-framed and weatherboarded barn lies at the northern end of a possibly ancient rectangular ditched enclosure which contains several varied buildings, including a remarkable grade II-listed mausoleum of 1840 in which the then owner of the site, Absalom Feavearyear, was interred. The house on the site was demolished in the 1950s, and the mausoleum is now suffering major structural damage. The barn is a typical three-bay mid-Victorian structure of modest proportions, as befitted the associated holding of 9.5 acres, with a pantiled clasped-purlin roof incorporating much softwood and re-used timber which was first shown on the Ordnance Survey of 1882. The barn's original fabric survives largely intact but its weatherboarding has been renewed and its utilitarian carpentry displays little of the craft tradition found in earlier timber-framed structures; its chief historic interest derives from its proximity to (and historic association with) the mausoleum. The eastern bay is divided to form a stable with a loft, and, unusually, the entire floor of the two western bays consists of large stone flags of up to 7 feet by 4 in size. These flags presumably represent Feavearyear's unused stock, and may preserve inscriptions to their undersides. The deal boards of the internal partition also preserve a series of highly unusual incised images, including a remarkable paddle steamer with twin funnels and fully rigged sails, together with dates in the 1880s and 1890s and a fine group of apotropaic circles. Project status: Complete Yes, Validated Yes Previous/Future Work: Previous No, Future Not known Associated Identifiers: HER event no. WGD 032 Sitecode WGD 032 Planning Application No. Mid Suffolk 1242/09 Project Type: Building Recording Methods and Techniques: Annotated Sketch, Measured Survey, Photographic Survey, Survey/Recording Of Fabric/Structure Reason for Investigation: Direction from Local Planning Authority - PPS Current Land use: Other 3 - Built over Monument Type(s)/Period(s): BARN Post Medieval Artefact Type(s)/Period(s): NONE None PROJECT LOCATION Area 42.78 Square metres Grid Reference: TM216771 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: WGD 032 Contents: other Media: Images raster / digital photography, Text PAPER ARCHIVE Recipient: Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service ID: WGD 032 Contents: other Media: Correspondence, Report BIBLIOGRAPHY Publication Type: Grey literature (unpublished document/manuscript) Title: Saviours Barn, Wingfield Green, Wingfield, Suffolk, WGD 032, Historic Building Record 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)

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  • <S1> Unpublished document: Alston, L.. 2011. Historic Building Record: Saviours Barn, Wingfield Green, Wingfield, Suffolk.

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Jan 11 2012 3:54PM

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