Farmstead record TDE 028 - Farmstead: Marsh Farm

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Summary

Marsh Farm, Thrandeston. 16th century farmstead and 17th century farmhouse. Regular courtyard multi-yard plan formed by working agricultural building. The farmhouse is attached to the agricultural range. Partial loss (less than 50%) of the traditional farm buildings. Located within a hamlet.

Location

Grid reference Centred TM 1099 7670 (114m by 95m)
Map sheet TM17NW
Civil Parish THRANDESTON, MID SUFFOLK, SUFFOLK

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Type and Period (10)

Full Description

The timber-framed and rendered farmhouse is listed at Grade II and dated without internal inspection to the '17th century or possibly earlier'. The farm buildings adjoin the house to the south-west and from a substantial and sophisticated complex which illustrates the changing nature of local agriculture over five centuries. A large timber-framed barn of seven bays was built in two phases during the 16th century. Its original four-bay structure contained a separate stable to the north with a three-bay threshing barn to the south and preserves a rare East Anglian queen-post roof. A late-16th century extension of three bays to the south retains a complete clasped-purlin roof and all four arch-braces to its tie-beams. The former that’s has been replaced by corrugated iron but the barn's heavily tarred 'two-tier' cladding of external lime plaster above weatherboarding dates from the 18th or early 19th century. The herringbone brick threshing floor is a particularly fine example of the same period. A red-brick and pantiled stable range with an integral single-storied shed was added to the barn's northern gable in the late-Georgian or early-Victorian period. A major phase of refurbishment soon after 1845saw the arrival of a second threshing barn, probably replacing another depicted on the tithe map, along with a series of cattle sheds and yards - all built in clay-lump. The site was again transformed in appearance during the mid-20th century when its various yards were provided with roofs of corrugated iron, and once more in the late-20th century when the clay-lump sheds were much altered to create a large number of loose boxes for a livery and stud business (S1).

Marsh Farm, Thrandeston. 16th century farmstead and 17th century farmhouse. Regular courtyard multi-yard plan formed by working agricultural building. The farmhouse is attached to the agricultural range. Partial loss (less than 50%) of the traditional farm buildings. Located within a hamlet (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.. 2016. Heritage Asset Assessment: Farm buildings at Marsh Farm, Thrandeston.
  • <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: 1845. Thrandeston Tithe Map.

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Record last edited

Apr 22 2021 10:00AM

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