Site Event/Activity record ESF21295 - Sancroft Barn, Laxfield: Heritage Asset Assessment

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Location Sandcroft Barn, Stirrup Street, Laxfield
Grid reference Centred TM 273 723 (9m by 15m)
Map sheet TM27SE



Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service


Not recorded.



Sancroft Barn lies on the western side of Stirrup Street. It belonged in the 19th century to a tenanted holding of 45.5 acres based at Sancroft Manor Farm - a grade II-listed late-16th century house on the opposite side of the road. During the 1838 Laxfield tithe survey the timber-framed and weatherboarded barn formed the western range of an enclosed yard. A 20th century lean-to extends the entire length of the rear elevation. It represents a four-bay threshing barn with an unusually well preserved threshing floor of gault brick and in its present form dates from the late-18th to early-19th century. The two northern bays, however, date from the late-16th or early-17th century and were probably designed as a stable with a hay loft. The wall framing is in good condition with internally trenched braces, but its loft and part of its southern bay were removed when the building was converted into a barn. This conversion involved the addition of a new southern bay consisting entirely of re-used timber which preserves a section of its original external wall of whitewashed clay daub. At the time of inspection the barn contained two historic grain sifting machines and the remains of a belt drive, illustrating the introduction of mechanised threshing during the second half of the 19th century. One of the sifters retains its 19th century paintwork and the name of a Framlingham retailer. Despite its considerable historic interest, however, the barn is unlikely to meet the strict English Heritage criteria for listing. Project status: Complete Yes, Validated Yes Previous/Future Work: Previous No, Future Not known Associated Identifiers: HER event no. LXD 065 Sitecode LXD 065 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 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 68.50 Square metres Grid Reference: TM273723 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: LXD 065 Contents: other Media: Images raster / digital photography, Text PAPER ARCHIVE Recipient: Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service ID: LXD 065 Contents: other Media: Correspondence, Report BIBLIOGRAPHY Publication Type: Grey literature (unpublished document/manuscript) Title: Sancroft Barn, Laxfield, Suffolk, LXD 065, 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 as a pdf)

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <S1> Unpublished document: Alston, L.. 2011. Heritage Asset Assessment: Sancroft Barn, Laxfield, Suffolk.

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

  • Farmstead: Sancroft Manor Farm (Farmstead)

Record last edited

Jan 11 2012 4:18PM

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