Record Details

NHER Number:33252
Type of record:Building
Name:Mere Farm

Summary

This historic farmstead comprises a timber-framed barn that dates to the late 17th or early 18th century. It is set on a brick plinth and has tiebeams on arched braces, studwork walls with arched and diagonal wallbraces and a roof of butt purlins. An adjacent barn dates to the mid 18th century and is illustrative of the move from oak to softwood construction. In addition to the two barns, the house here dates to the 18th century, but perhaps has an older core. It has gault brick ornamentation to the brick façade and has an elaborate Classical front door.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TM 3182 9744
Map Sheet:TM39NW
Parish:SEETHING, SOUTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

Timber framed barn. Tiebeams on arched braces. Studwork walls with arched and diagonal wallbraces. Roof of butt purlins. Brick plinth.
Report in file by [1] who dates to early 18th century. Compiler agrees with this, on basis of photographs.
E. Rose (NLA) 18 November 1997.

Building spot-listed by S. Heywood (NCC) who dates it rather to late 17th century and notes it as an example of what could be done with tension braces and fewer tiebeams. An adjacent barn he dates to the mid 18th century and quotes as illustrative of the move from oak to softwood, introduction of wedge shaped tenons, knee braces and lap jointed collars.
E. Rose (NLA) 13 July 1998.

Older barn stated to have been blown over, but not totally destroyed, in gales Autumn 1989. Proposals for re-erection in file.
E. Rose (NLA) 12 November 1998

In addition to the two barns the house is listed as 18th century perhaps on older core. Gault brick ornamentation to brick facade, with elaborate Classical front door. Interior has 18th century staircase and ornate plaster ceilings, also one ovolo moulded beam which should be 17th century.
E. Rose (NLA) 2 December 1998.

Architects plans (1998) in file.

Monument Types

  • BARN (Post Medieval to Modern - 1680 AD to 2050 AD)
  • FARMSTEAD (Post Medieval to Modern - 1680 AD to 2050 AD)
  • HOUSE (Post Medieval to Modern - 1700 AD to 2050 AD)
  • TIMBER FRAMED BUILDING (Post Medieval to Modern - 1700 AD to 2050 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building
  • Listed Building
  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Graphic material: Various. Various. Architectural plans..
---Photograph: Photographs of Mere Farm Barns, Seething. Black & white.
---Photograph: Photographs of timbers in Mere Farm Barn, Seething. Black & white.
---Archive: Heywood, S. (HES). 1998. Norfolk County Council Site Visit Record - Mere Farm Barns, Seething.
---Archive: Heywood S. (HES). 1998. Norfolk County Council Site Record - Mere Marm.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.

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