Farmstead record LMD 204 - Farmstead: Rodbridge House

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Summary

Rodbridge Farm is a farmstead visible on the 1st Ed Os map. The farmstead is laid out in a regular courtyard multi-yard plan. The farmhouse is detached and set away from the yard. The farmstead sits alongside a public road in a hamlet location. There has been a significant loss of working buildings with a modern shed to the side.

Location

Grid reference Centred TL 8625 4388 (159m by 94m)
Map sheet TL84SE
Civil Parish LONG MELFORD, BABERGH, SUFFOLK

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Full Description

Rodbridge Farm is a farmstead visible on the 1st Ed Os map. The farmstead is laid out in a regular courtyard multi-yard plan. The farmhouse is detached and set away from the yard. The farmstead sits alongside a public road in a hamlet location. There has been a significant loss of working buildings with a modern shed to the side. (S2-5)

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.

Group of farm buildings in the curtilage of a timber-framed farmhouse, which was originally a 14th C open hall, but which has a parlour cross wing added in the 16th C. The listings for this Grade II structure incorrectly state that it dated from the 17th C.

Associated with the house is a grade II listed timber-framed threshing barn, dating from the 18th C. It is a rare and complete example of a barn of this date within this region, reflecting that it is listed in its own right. It was originally a 5 bay aisled barn, which was fully framed in the medieval tradition. A 19th C brick range was added in the 19th C, but apart from this the building remains largely unaltered and the original clapsed-purlin roof remains intact.

The only other surviving structure is a 19th C timber-framed shelter shed, which was once part of a group of sheds and cattle yards (S1).

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <S1> Unpublished document: Alston, L.. 2010. Historical Assessment: The Barns, Rodbridge House, Long Melford, Suffolk.
  • <S2> Vertical Aerial Photograph: various. Google Earth.
  • <S3> Map: Ordnance Survey. c 1904. Ordnance Survey 25 inch to 1 mile map, 2nd edition. 25".
  • <S4> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1880s. Ordnance Survey 25 inch to 1 mile map, 1st edition.
  • <S5> Unpublished document: Campbell, G., and McSorley, G. 2019. SCCAS: Farmsteads in the Suffolk Countryside Project.

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Record last edited

May 13 2021 11:31AM

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