I visited Bardwell to find the Gild House which is not listed in Pevsner.  Pictures of it can be found in “Not in Pevsner”. 

Bardwell Hall is most interesting although the footnote on page 83 of Pevsner from P G M Dickinson rather deprecatingly suggests heavy restoration with old materials at some stage.  However it appears to be listed as Grade II* and to have a barn listed as Grade II in its own right.  It is potentially one of Suffolk’s great houses but it is currently (2011) the home of a farm, an aggregates business and a transport company.  As such it is currently in “working condition” including having two old and rusting buses in close proximity (the single decker just outside is partly visible in one photograph, the other double decker inside the wall is not shown).  Spectacular nevertheless.

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Pictures of buildings mentioned in the “Suffolk” volume of “The Buildings of England” series by Sir Nikolaus Pevsner.