Farmstead record BSD 019 - Farmstead: Belstead Hall

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Summary

Belstead Hall is a farmstead visible on the 1st Ed Os map. The farmstead is laid out in a regular multi yard with additional detached elements. The farmhouse is detached and set away from the yard. The farmstead sits alongside a priavte track in an isolated location. There has been a significant loss of working buildings with modern sheds on site.

Location

Grid reference Centred TM 1270 4130 (332m by 269m)
Map sheet TM14SW
Civil Parish BELSTEAD, BABERGH, SUFFOLK

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Full Description

Belstead Hall is a farmstead visible on the 1st Ed Os map. The farmstead is laid out in a regular multi yard with additional detached elements. The farmhouse is detached and set away from the yard. The farmstead sits alongside a priavte track in an isolated location. There has been a significant loss of working buildings with modern sheds on site. (S3-6)

Belstead Hall which has origins in the 14th century, has a complex history of development. Whilst parts of the original 14th century structure survive, including a medieval tower, numerous phases of alteration and re-building can be identified. Changes to the hall were carried out during all preceeding centuries, with a new range constructed in c.1800, which is likely to have been built on the site of the original great hall.

In the grounds of Belstead Hall is a timber-framed structure of 9 bays constructed c.1600, which consists of a central 3 bay barn, with stable ranges to either side. Granaries are located above both of the stable ranges and these contained ovolo moulded mullion windows. Major refurbishment was carried out during the 19th century, including replacing the original timber-framed walling with brickwork and adaptation of the internal plan. Documentary evidence shows that a separate thatched barn also once stood at this site, however this was burnt down during the 20th century (S1). The barn was first constructed in c.1612 with later phases of alteration c.1800-20 and in the late 19th century. This is an important example of a high-status agricultural building (S2).

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 (6)

  • <S1> Unpublished document: Aitken, P.. 2011. A report on the architectural history of Belstead Hall and a stable range standing to the north.
  • <S2> Unpublished document: Aitkens, P.. 2014. The Barn/Stable at Belstead Hall, Belstead: A Statement of Significance, and a Discussion of the Impact of the Conversion proposals into a Wedding Venue.
  • <S3> Vertical Aerial Photograph: various. Google Earth.
  • <S4> Map: Ordnance Survey. c 1904. Ordnance Survey 25 inch to 1 mile map, 2nd edition. 25".
  • <S5> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1880s. Ordnance Survey 25 inch to 1 mile map, 1st edition.
  • <S6> Unpublished document: Campbell, G., and McSorley, G. 2019. SCCAS: Farmsteads in the Suffolk Countryside Project.

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May 18 2020 8:33AM

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