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© Mr Bob Cottrell ARPS AFIAP DPAGB

IoE Number: 276748
Location: THE OLD WOOL HALL, LADY STREET (west side)
  LAVENHAM, BABERGH, SUFFOLK
Photographer: Mr Bob Cottrell ARPS AFIAP DPAGB
Date Photographed: 01 August 2001
Date listed: 23 January 1958
Date of last amendment: 10 July 1980
Grade I

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LAVENHAM LADY STREET 1. 5377 (west side) Swan Hotel (part formerly The Old Wool Hall) [formerly listed as The Old Wool Hall (The Railway Convalescent Home)] TL 9149 50/597 23.1.58 I GV 2. A fine C15 hall house with cross wings on the north and south ends. Roof tiled. Considerably, but well, restored and now incorporated into the Swan Hotel. Originally it was the hall of Our Lady's Guild and was converted into a Wool Hall in the late C17. In 1911 the whole building was dismantled and later re-erected by the Duchess of Argyll. Two storeys. All the timber-framing is exposed except on parts of the north and west extensions. The cross wings are jettied on the upper storeys on exposed joists, curved brackets with carved capitals and shafts and a carved ressumer. The south cross wine is also jettied on the south front and there is the remains of a fine carved corner post on the south corner. The central hall is open to the roof and has tall 6-light oak mullioned windows. All the windows are leaded casements of various sizes, some with oak mullions. There is a C17 chimney stack with sawtooth shafting (restored) on the north extension. The first part of the west extension originally had a jettied upper story which was underbuilt in brick in 1793 (date panel). The interior has been well restored with a number of original features.

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