Farmstead record PSM 037 - Farmstead: Rushbrook Farm

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Summary

Rushbrook Farm, Preston St Mary. 17th century farmstead and 16th century farmhouse. Regular courtyard L-shaped plan with buildings to the third side, formed by working agricultural buildings. The farmhouse is set away from the yard. Significant loss (over 50%) of the traditional farm buildings. Located within a loose farmstead cluster.

Location

Grid reference Centred TL 9490 5150 (128m by 126m)
Map sheet TL95SW
Civil Parish PRESTON ST MARY, BABERGH, SUFFOLK

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Full Description

Two barns at Rushbrook Farm. One is a 17th C timber-framed barn of 5 bays, which has been partially repaired in brick during the 20th C. There is also a 19th C 3 bay threshing barn at the site, containing timbers re-used from a 15th C unaisled barn, likely to have once stood at the site. This underwent a number of alterations during the late 19th C and may have been used as a stable or cow house. Another outbuilding is present on historic maps from the19th C, although it does not survive today. This may have been a cowshed or a cartlodge and granary (S1).

Rushbrook Farm, Preston St Mary. 17th century farmstead and 16th century farmhouse. Regular courtyard L-shaped plan with buildings to the third side, formed by working agricultural buildings. The farmhouse is set away from the yard. Significant loss (over 50%) of the traditional 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 Unpublished document: Aitkens, P.. 2011. A Heritage Asset Assessment of Rushbrook Farm Barns, Preston St Mary, 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 Unpublished document: Campbell, G., and McSorley, G. 2019.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: 1839. Preston St Mary Tithe Map.

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Jun 28 2021 1:54PM

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