Monument record LMD 058 - Melford Hall; Melford Park (PMed)

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Melford Hall and Park (registered). listed building


Grid reference Centred TL 8704 4631 (1033m by 921m) (Centred on)
Map sheet TL84NE


Type and Period (5)

Full Description

Melford Hall and Park.
Mansion (brick built) of circa 1556-1559 (or earlier) rebuilt on site of moated house belonging to abbots of Bury. Buildings to N, W & S of courtyard (& to E as shown by plan by John Thorpe at the Soane Museum). Major internal changes in C18 & 1813. Details of building in (S1)(S4). In 1674 second largest house in Suffolk with 49 hearths (S3).
Gardens and fish ponds (see Med) of circa 5-6 ha, of circa 1559, set in park of circa 53 ha. Licence to empark 1613, replacing earlier park. Includes summerhouse (circa 1559), crinkle crankle wall (to S) of circa early C19, sun dial, gatehouse (circa 1559) flanked by lodges of C19. Drive between replanted lime avenue, walled stable yard. Park planted C17 & C18. Plan of 1613 & survey of 1735 (S2)(R1)(R2).
Also see C16 water conduit to N, LMD 041, and icehouse to E, LMD 057.
2006: Monitoring of works for the replacement of the drains at Long Melford Hall. The results of the monitoring demonstrated that archaeological deposits associated with the earlier medieval buildings and occupation survive on the site (S6).
See also Med and Un.

Sources/Archives (10)

  • <S1> Bibliographic reference: Pevsner N & Radcliffe E. 1974. The Buildings of England: Suffolk. Pevsner N & Radcliffe E, Suffolk, 1975 (ed), 350-351, plate 52.
  • <R1> (No record type): Country Life, 19 Oct 1901, 496; 31 July 1937, 116; 7 Aug 1937, 142; 25 Apr 1963, 919.
  • <M1> (No record type): APs: NAU GDT 2-4.
  • <R2> (No record type): Thomas G S, Gardens of the National Trust, 1979.
  • <S2> Source Unchecked: English Heritage. English Heritage, Register of Parks & Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England: Part 39 Suffolk,. English Heritage, Register of Parks & Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England: Part 39 Suffo.
  • <R3> (No record type): Parker Sir W, History of Long Melford.
  • <S3> (No record type): Dymond D & Martin E, An Historical Atlas of Suffolk, 1988, 146 & map 38.
  • <S4> Bibliographic reference: Barker, H. R.. 1907. West Suffolk Illustrated. 252-253.
  • <S5> Photograph: Essex County Council. Air Photograph. Essex CC, AP, BW/99/14/1.
  • <S6> Unpublished document: Atfield, R.. 2008. Monitoring Report Generic. Gill D, SCCAS 20106/172.

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Oct 13 2009 3:52PM

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