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IoE Number: 279885
Photographer: Mr Alan Powell
Date Photographed: 06 April 2003
Date listed: 09 December 1955
Date of last amendment: 09 December 1955
Grade I

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GREAT BRICETT THE STREET TM 05 SW 5/110 Great Bricett Hall 9.12.55 GV I Farmhouse; built as the hall of the Augustinian Priory of St. Leonard and attached to the north side of the church (see above item). Mid C13 with alterations of early C14, late C16, c.1770 and mid C19. Timber-framed and plastered. Hipped plaintiled main roof with axial and end chimneys of C19 red brick. Main range of 3-cell cross-entry plan. 2 storeys. Mid C19 sashes and panelled entrance door at cross entry, another doorway at rear of cross-entry is similar but with iron trelliswork porch. A very rare example of a C13 timber-framed domestic structure, with carpentry of the highest quality. A 2- bay open hall is at the centre, with an integral storeyed bay at the south end. At the north end of the hall is a cross-entry; the service cell was almost or entirely rebuilt c.1770. The hall had (until C16) an aisle on the west side; the east side was not aisled, but had a structure attached, either a porch or cloister. In the cross-entry is a composition of 3 service doorways, and a 4th smaller but more richly carved. The doorways have lap- jointed equilateral arches, and shafts with moulded capitals; the lower doorway has in addition a band of dogtooth carving and mutilated foliate capitals. The closed truss above has two pairs of passing braces one above the other, and a pair of saltire braces at the centre, with studwork at 1.2m centres. The open truss of the hall is depleted, but had straight tie-beam braces and massive clasping passing-braces; the eastern post is unmoulded (being in an external wall) and the arcade post to the west is missing. The closed truss at the upper end of the hall is similar to the other but has divergent braces crossing the passing-braces to form saltires. The truss was jettied into the hall over the dais (until altered in perhaps C18), and there is evidence for a massive supporting archbrace, perhaps one of a series. Splayed and tabled scarf joints with undersquinted butts. The medieval roof was rebuilt c.1770, but many C13 and C15 rafters are reused, the former having had notch-lap jointed collars but no other bracing (apart from passing-braces at trusses). In early C14 a wing was added to the south-west corner; it contained a solar of at least 3 bays, of which 2 remain. The main open truss has a cambered tiebeam with ovolo moulding continuing along the thick archbraces and applied cornice. Two long slender knee-braced octagonal crownposts with roll-moulded capitals. (compare Church of St. Mary, Flowton, Item 6/110). The hall has a mid/late C16 inserted upper floor with moulded joists. Circa 1600, the west wing was truncated and extended.

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