Lavenham is often described as one of England’s finest preserved medieval weaving villages. It contains a wealth of period houses and cottages, together with a magnificent parish church and fine timbered guildhall in the market place. There are an unusual number of shops for every day use including a post office, butchers, pharmacy, bakers, greengrocers, grocery store and Co-operative. There are several public houses and restaurants and a number of interesting shops and galleries. The market town of Sudbury to the south provides further amenities, together with trains connecting through to London’s Liverpool Street. To the north is the cathedral town of Bury St Edmunds with links to the A14 on to Cambridge and the east coast. Water Street is in the heart of the village and is only a moment’s level walk from the shops and centre.
Built around 1480, 54 Water Street is a fine medieval timbered house Listed Grade II as being of architectural and historic importance. It was built on a massive oak frame with rendered and plastered jettied elevations under a mellow clay tiled roof. A later addition to the rear is in brick under a slate roof. The interior contains a wealth of fine exposed timbers complemented by inglenook fireplaces, lovely brick floors and old joinery and windows. To the rear is a bright south facing garden, at the end of which is a most useful studio building.
THE GROUND FLOOR
Entrance Hall Ledged and braced front door with inset spun glass pane, brick block floor, lovely old oak turning staircase with some exposed timbers and panelling and understairs cupboard with two panelled door. Cupboard housing electricity meter and switchgear and panelled and glazed doors to the sitting room and dining room.
Drawing Room 17’ 9” x 14’ (5.4m x 4.3m). A fine room with a large 18th Century shop window to the front with lovely wavy glass looking out across Water Street and up Barn Street with historic houses and cottages. Small mullion window alongside with glazed screen. Magnificent exposed timbered ceiling and wall beams with doorways and some panelling. Fine red brick inglenook fireplace with oak bressumer above, salt niche on one side and brick hearth with cast iron Villager woodburning stove. Panelled and glazed doors from the reception hall and dining room, ledged and braced door to the main staircase and a matching door with inset stained glass leaded light to the study. Lovely old brick block floor. Radiator.
Dining Room 18’ x 9’ 3” (5.5m x 2.8m). A lovely intimate room with an original 19th Century casement window to the front with opening fanlight above and wooden shutters. Wide red brick inglenook fireplace with oak bressumer, partitioned in period to provide a fireplace with gas powered Villager cast iron woodburning stove and a cupboard alongside with shelving. Another fine timbered ceiling with some exposed wall studs. Stained glass leaded light screen and glazed door through to the kitchen, sealed brick block floor.
Study 10’ x 8’ 9” (3.05m x 2.7m). Also at the front with an unusual 18th Century horizontal sliding sash window with the same views as for the drawing room. Cast iron fireplace and surround with tiled sideslips and moulded Georgian fire surround and mantelpiece and built-in cupboards beside the chimney breast, cleverly concealing the central heating boiler. Radiator, some exposed timbers and sealed brick block floor. Fitted bookshelving all along one wall.
Rear Hall With main staircase leading up with a wonderful old newel post and chimney breast, brick block floor, useful understairs recess with plenty of space for hanging coats etc.
Sitting/Morning Room 12’ 9” x 12’ (3.9m x 3.7m). At the back of the house in the later structure with a pair of sliding patio doors opening out to the garden. Sealed brick block floor and doors from the sitting room, kitchen and utility room. Radiator, serving hatch from the kitchen.
Kitchen 14’ 3” x 11’ 6” (4.3m x 3.5m). Again at the back of the house, a bright room with a high half vaulted ceiling with a window above the sink overlooking the garden and high level Velux roof light. Pair of French doors at one end opening out to the garden, glazed door from the dining room and panelled door to the breakfast room/morning room (or summer sitting room). Fitted with a range of painted Shaker style wall and base cupboards with white working surfaces and fitted shelving all around, with painted tongue and grooved splashbacks. Double bowl stainless steel sink with mixer tap and filtered drinking water tap. Spaces for fridge, gas cooker and freezer. Radiator, various ceiling spotlights.
Utility Room 8’ 9” x 7’ 6” (2.7m x 2.3m), plus recess. With a window to the rear overlooking the garden, porcelain Butler sink on brick supports with hot and cold taps and tiled splashback, spaces for large washing machine, tumble dryer and full height freezer. Radiator, high half vaulted ceiling with Velux window and a door leading on to the shower room. Radiator.
Shower Room 10’ 9” x 4’ 3” (3.3m x 1.3m), plus door recess. Two casement windows to the side overlooking the garden, floor fully tiled in polished limestone, freestanding porcelain shower tray with curtain all around, tiled back and modern chromium shower assembly, white pedestal handbasin with tiled splashback and low flush WC with limed oak seat. Two ceiling lights.
THE FIRST FLOOR
Introduction There are two staircases, one from the reception hall and leading to bedrooms 3 and 4 and that from the side hall leading to bedrooms 1 and 2. The bathroom is en suite to bedroom 1 and has a door to bedroom 3, also giving access through to bedroom 4.
Landing 1 From the side staircase, with a gallery rail overlooking the stairwell, fine exposed timbers all the way up, red brick chimney breast, small casement window to the rear and ledged and braced doors to bedrooms 1 and 2.
Bedroom 1 19’ 9” x 12’ 3” (6m x 3.7m). A large bedroom with casement windows to the front and rear, fine exposed wall and ceiling timbers, good range of painted built-in wardrobe cupboards all along one wall comprising three double wardrobes. Radiator and doors from the landing and bathroom.
Bedroom 2 12’ 9” x 9’ 3” (3.9m x 2.8m). With a 19th Century casement window to the front, fine exposed wall timbers and braces, radiator.
En Suite/Family Bathroom 8’ x 6’ (2.45m x 1.85m). With casement window to the front, fine exposed timbers, white traditional suite comprising panelled steel bath with mixer tap and shower attachment, oval handbasin set into tiled vanity surface with cupboards below and low flush WC with wooden seat. Built-in shelving, some fine exposed timbers, radiator and doors to bedrooms 1 and 3.
Landing 2 With four panelled doors to bedrooms 3 and 4.
Bedroom 3 9’ 6” x 9’ 3” (2.9m x 2.8m). With casement window to the front and fitted shelves. Radiator.
Bedroom 4 10’ x 9’ 6” (3.05m x 2.9m). With 18th Century horizontal sash window to the rear, fine red brick chimney breast, exposed timber and great bracket. Fitted shelving, radiator.
The Gardens Delightful south facing back garden 67’ long x 37’ wide (20m x 11.5m). With a full width flagstone patio, shingled path down to the studio at the end and a lawn with flower and shrub borders, fine old brick wall along one boundary, mature hedgerow along the other and basket weave fencing at the end. Garden shed and log store.
Studio/Office 16’ x 14’ (4.9m x 4.3m), including canopy. This is a substantial timber building across the end of the garden, presently ideal for a studio or home office. It is built of timber framed and boarded elevations, fully lined with raised timber deck at the front and railings under a large canopy. Pair of doors opening to the office (measuring 15’ 9” x 9’ 9” – 4.8m x 3m) internally). Painted boarded interior with a vaulted roof to match and painted roof trusses, fluorescent lights, and night storage heaters. Pair of half glazed doors, two windows to the front and two windows to the sides, all with sealed double glazed panes, power points and two telephone points.
SERVICES We are advised that mains gas, water, electricity, drainage and telephone (four lines to the house – two continuing to the studio) are connected, although we have not made enquiries to confirm. Please note we have not carried out a survey, nor tested the plumbing, heating, electrical or drainage systems. House purchasers are always advised to have a survey.
COUNCIL TAX Babergh District Council (Tel: [use Contact Agent Button]) advise Charge Band F, amount payable 2018/2019 £2,411.76
TENURE, SOFT FURNISHINGS AND FIXTURES Freehold. We have not inspected the title deeds. Some fitted carpets, curtains, blinds and other fixtures may be available, by negotiation. Full list of fixturesand fittings provided with formal contracts.
VIEWING AND DIRECTIONS Viewing by appointment please through the Vendor’s agents, as above. In Lavenham High Street, turn alongside The Swan Hotel into Water Street and the house is around 200 yards long on the right hand side, opposite Barn Street.