Site Event/Activity record ESF21294 - The Mission Hall, Pettaugh: Historic Building Record

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Location The Mission Hall, Ipswich Road, Pettaugh
Grid reference Centred TM 166 594 (12m by 9m)
Map sheet TM15NE



Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service


Not recorded.



The Mission Hall at Pettaugh occupies a location on the surviving fragment of a medieval green at the junction of the main A1120 and the road between Coddenham and Debenham. The hall is known to have been erected in the corner of a wheelwright's yard in 1888. It consists of narrow corrugated iron sheets secured to a wooden framework and represents a typical pre-fabricated 'tin tabernacle'. The project was sponsored by the Cutting family which owned much of the parish in the late-19th century, and was designed to accommodate evangelical religious services, church choir practice, night schools, Sunday schools and 'for any instructive address or lecture ... for the spiritual and mental improvement of the people'. The original building was extended by 10 feet in 1893, although the division is no longer apparent and the dimensions cited in the 19th century records differ slightly from those of the present fabric. The roof covering has been replaced with corrugated asbestos and unfortunately the interior has been stripped of historic fixtures and fittings (with some exceptions), but the exterior remains largely unaltered and the hall still represents an excellent example of its type. The site is also of historic interest as an undeveloped fragment of medieval green. Given its relatively recent origin, however, and the loss of key features such as its contemporary pews (which are understood to have been stolen in recent years), the building does not meet the strict English Heritage criteria for listing. Project status: Complete Yes, Validated Yes Previous/Future Work: Previous Yes, Future Not known Associated Identifiers: Planning Application No. 10/2208 HER event no. PAU 011 Sitecode PAU 011 Project Type: Building Recording Methods and Techniques: Measured Survey, Photographic Survey, Survey/Recording Of Fabric/Structure Reason for Investigation: Direction from Local Planning Authority - PPS Site status: Area of Archaeological Importance (AAI) Current Land use: Other 3 - Built over Monument Type(s)/Period(s): MISSION HALL Post Medieval Artefact Type(s)/Period(s): NONE None PROJECT LOCATION Area 50.00 Square metres Grid Reference: TM166594 Point PROJECT CREATOR(S) Brief originator: Local Authority Archaeologist and/or Planning Authority/advisory body Design originator: Sarah Poppy Director/Manager: David Gill Supervisor: Leigh Alston DIGITAL ARCHIVE Recipient: Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service ID: PAU 011 Contents: other Media: Images raster / digital photography, Text PAPER ARCHIVE Recipient: Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service ID: PAU 011 Contents: other Media: Correspondence, Report BIBLIOGRAPHY Publication Type: Grey literature (unpublished document/manuscript) Title: The Mission Hall, Pettaugh, Suffolk, PAU 011, 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)

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <S1> Unpublished document: Alston, L.. 2011. Historic Building Record: The Mission Hall, Pettaugh, Suffolk.

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

  • The Mission Hall (Building)

Record last edited

Jan 11 2012 4:08PM

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