Farmstead record FSF 062 - Farmstead: Vales Hall Farm

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Summary

Vales Hall Farm, Fressingfield. 16th century farmstead and 17th century manor farmhouse. Regular courtyard multi-yard plan formed by working agricultural buildings with a detached secondary smaller yard to the south. The farmhouse is set away from the yard. Partial loss (less than 50%) of the traditinal farm buildings. Located within a loose farmstead cluster.

Location

Grid reference Centred TM 2531 7871 (111m by 154m)
Map sheet TM27NE
Civil Parish FRESSINGFIELD, MID SUFFOLK, SUFFOLK

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Type and Period (4)

Full Description

15th or early 16th C barn. Timber- framed and weather boarded. With an exception of its queen-post roof structure, which was replaced in the 19th C, the 6-bay barn is largely in tact. It also contains evidence of an original floored stable with diamond-mullion windows at its eastern end. The frame is of "exceptional quality" with uninterrupted oak studs, incorporating arch-braces with rare spandrel struts - possibly unique survivals in a barn.
The southern porch is a mid-17th C addition retaining its original clasped-purlin roof.
Details in (S1).

Vales Hall Farm, Fressingfield. 16th century farmstead and 17th century manor farmhouse. Regular courtyard multi-yard plan formed by working agricultural buildings with a detached secondary smaller yard to the south. The farmhouse is set away from the yard. Partial loss (less than 50%) of the traditinal farm buildings. Located within a loose farmstead cluster (S2-7).

Recorded as part of the Farmsteads in the Suffolk Countryside Project. This is a purely desk-based study and no site visits were undertaken. These records are not intended to be a definitive assessment of these buildings. Dating reflects their presence at a point in time on historic maps and there is potential for earlier origins to buildings and farmsteads. This project highlights a potential need for a more in depth field study of farmstead to gather more specific age data.

Sources/Archives (7)

  • <S1> Unpublished document: Alston, L.. 2008. Archaeological Record: Vales Hall Farm, Fressingfield, Suffolk.
  • <S2> Unpublished document: Campbell, G., and McSorley, G. 2019. SCCAS: Farmsteads in the Suffolk Countryside Project.
  • <S3> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1880s. Ordnance Survey 25 inch to 1 mile map, 1st edition.
  • <S4> Map: Ordnance Survey. c 1904. Ordnance Survey 25 inch to 1 mile map, 2nd edition. 25".
  • <S5> Vertical Aerial Photograph: various. Google Earth.
  • <S6> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1949. Ordnance Survey 6 inch to 1, mile, 3rd edition. 1:10,560.
  • <S7> Map: 1841. Fressingfield Tithe Map.

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Record last edited

Jul 25 2020 6:07PM

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