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Smallbridge Hall

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Smallbrigg; Seinte Marie Bures

In the civil parish of Bures St Mary.
In the historic county of Suffolk.
Modern Authority of Suffolk.
1974 county of Suffolk.
Medieval County of Suffolk.

OS Map Grid Reference: TL92933306
Latitude 51.96251° Longitude 0.80676°

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

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.

This is a Grade 2* listed building protected by law*.


Late C16 two storey, attic house largely rebuilt in red brick Elizabethan style in 1874, and much restored in 1932. The house was formerly surrounded by a moat which is now only waterfilled occasionally on the north and south sides. To the south are remains of two fishponds. (PastScape)

Smallbridge, now a farmhouse, was once the residence of the oldest branch of the Waldegraves. It is a good example of Elizabethan architecture, and there are evidences that it was a moated building. The mullions of the windows and the string course are of moulded brick. Queen Elizabeth visited Smallbridge in 1561 and 1579 (Barker Page). At Smallbridge, on the northern bank of the River Stour, there remain two sides of a moat, and a wide channel cut from the river supplied the water and at the same time doubled the defence on the western side (VCH). (PastScape)

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1383 May 10 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).


Site of the 'manerium in Villa de Seinte Marie Bures' for which Richard Waldegrave received a licence to crenellate in 1383.
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