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Giffords Hall

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Giffard's Hall

In the civil parish of Stoke-by-Nayland.
In the historic county of Suffolk.
Modern Authority of Suffolk.
1974 county of Suffolk.
Medieval County of Suffolk.

OS Map Grid Reference: TM01803743
Latitude 51.99853° Longitude 0.93823°

Giffords Hall has been described as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are major building remains.

This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law*.

Description

The present house, which was built by the Mannock family who held the manor from 1428, is mainly of the early C16 but incorporates the remains of an earlier building. There were some alterations and additions in the early C18 and late C19. The timber-framed house is built around a quadrangular courtyard with a 2 storeyed red brick gatehouse on the south side and a great hall on the north. The outer (south) front of the gatehouse has angle turrets, stepped battlements and brick pinnacles. The windows have 4-centred heads to the lights and there is a 4-centred arch with blank tracery in the spandrels and a frieze with cusped tracery above. The front to the courtyard has 3 stepped gables. The interior of the great hall has a fine example of a double-hammerbeam roof with carved arched braces and spandrels, and a late C17 minstrels gallery with twisted balusters. (Listed Building Report)
Comments

Not usually described as fortified, although Goodall calls its architectural style 'castlelike' and does seem to have been called 'semi-fortified' in Country Life. However, clearly a fine quality house of a sort similar to many other 'fortified houses' particularly a number of houses granted licences to crenellate, although does not appear to have been moated. Had a small attached deer park.
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