Glemsford

 

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


For Glemsford the second edition wording is the same as the first but James Bettly’s third edition is significantly expanded with the addition of many interesting buildings.  Apart from the Church, Pevsner said (p231): “Several houses deserve mention.  In Egremont Street to the SW Angel House, timber framed, of the C15, with a corner-post with two excellent angel figures, one of the Archangel Michael.  In Brook Street, WNW of the church, Nos 13 - 17, also timber-framed but later.  The W wing has decorated barge-boards, an oriel window on carved brackets, and a (modern) date 1617.  A little to the E from here a Silk Mill, early C19, nine bays wide, two storeys high and of brick.  Finally, less than 1/4 mile N of the church, a house dated 1614, picturesque and similar to the Brook Street houses.”


Starting with the Angel, The Angel Inn to the fore with Angel House beyond.  James Bettly suggests that this may once have been a guildhall:



The corner post (the near corner of Angel House above) as described in the third edition (p252) is “a fine carving of the Archangel Michael with his dragon, and below him a smaller angel with outstretched wings.” (the latter is hard to see here).



The reference to Nos. 13 - 17 Brook Street does not seem to have survived modern numbering but we can infer, from the reference to its description and the date 1617 and by correlation with the third edition description, that it refers to “Chequers” set back from the street - seen here:



The reference to the Silk Mill does not seem to have survived into the third edition but I have assumed that it is the following (derelict in 2015):



The house N of the Church and dated 1614 is Monks Hall:



To add one picture representing additions in the third edition I include part of the Horsehair Factory (now housing) which emphasises that this village has played an important part in the industries of Suffolk.  The grand houses reflect the wealth of the early cloth industry and the later factories, together with many terraces of workers housing, reflect more recent C19 activity.




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