Monument record BRG 015 - Site of Barton Hall, Great Barton

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Barton Hall, probably built about the beginning of the reign of James I by Robert Audley.


Grid reference Centred TL 8879 6706 (75m by 86m) (Centred on)
Map sheet TL86NE


Type and Period (3)

Full Description

Barton Hall, formerly property of the Bunbury's (also Mildenhall Manor). `Probably built about the beginning of the reign of James I by Robert Audley, who died in 1624, is now in the occupation of F Riley Smith. It contains a choice collection of paintings, and many drawings from the pencil of the celebrated caricaturist, H W Bunbury. A herd of deer is kept in the park in which the Hall stands' (S1).
Largely destroyed by fire 1914 (S2), park largely built over.
1997: NW corner of Hall ruins still stand to full height (S3).
May 1997: Evaluation showed that the service wing of the early 19th century hall survived from floor level and probably occupied a substantial portion of the site. No evidence of the earlier hall was found (S4).
1998: Confirmed that the walls of the hall survived up to floor level as a series of low brick walls which outlined the ground plan. There were two clearly separate buildings which had been laid out on different alignments. They are not contemporary as the walls of one cut through the other. Cut features interpreted as garden features. Series of interrelated slots in semi-circular course (glass fragments, brick and clay pipe in fill) (S5).
For ice-house, see BRG 013.
Also Preh.
Also note Saxon coin hoard from garden - see BRG Misc.
See details in Lost Country Houses of Suffolk by WM Roberts.

Sources/Archives (8)

  • <M1> (No record type): Excavation archive:.
  • <S1> Bibliographic reference: Barker, H. R.. 1907. West Suffolk Illustrated. 16-17, plate.
  • <M2> Unpublished document: Suffolk Archaeological Service. Parish file. Parish file: (S4)(S5).
  • <S2> (No record type): Dickinson, Little Guides, Suffolk.
  • <S3> (No record type): SAU, Newman J, May 1997.
  • <S4> Unpublished document: Gill, D.. 1997. Archaeological Evaluation Report. The Park, Great Barton.
  • <S5> Unpublished document: Gill, D.. 1998. Archaeological Excavation Report: Land adjacent to 'Clovelly', The Park, Great Barton.
  • <S6> Bibliographic reference: Roberts, W.M.. 2010. Lost Country Houses Of Suffolk.

Finds (0)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Related Events/Activities (2)

Record last edited

Nov 22 2018 1:52PM

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