Ufford

 

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


Ufford recorded two manors in Saxon times and was the seat of the de Uffords.  

Robert de Ufford became the 1st Earl of Suffolk (second creation) in 1336.


Inside St Mary’s church Pevsner describes, on page 470 of the second edition, the Font Cover as “A prodigious and delightful piece reaching right up to the roof.  Munro Cautley calls it ‘the most beautiful in the world’.  Richly crocketed and beset with finials in six or seven tiers, or three according to how one counts in this thicket of fine decoration.  At the very top a Pelican in her piety.  The lower panels slide up over part of the upper.”

Catherine Willoughby, born at Parham Moat Hall was baptised here.  She later became Duchess of Suffolk after Charles Brandon married her after his previous wife, Mary Tudor (senior) Queen of France died.


At the end of the section on St Mary’s (page 471) Pevsner refers to the stocks “outside the W wall of the churchyard”, seen here:



Next the “Almshouses.  1690.  Red brick with big, simply profiled shaped gables and low segment headed windows.  Two storeys;  three doors.”  The latter no longer:



Pevsner continues: Park House, Lower Street.  Early C16 wing with ornamented circular chimneys.”  Now Park Farm House (on the gate) or Park Farmhouse (Grade II listing particulars) it can now only be seen partially from the road:



The Grade II listing says of the chimneys: “The C17 portion has a massive chimney stack with a rectangular base.  Broaches rise from this to the two octagonal bases of the circular shafts.  These have fleurs de lys and lily decoration to the moulded brick of their lower bodies and the caps appear to have been removed.”  They can be seen in more detail here:



Continuing with Pevsner he says: “In Upper Street the Red House, C18 of two storeys and four bays.  the middle window on the first floor is arched.”.  The Grade II listing specifically includes the Courtyard Walls saying of them: Attached at either side of the entrance front are the crescent shaped forecourt walls of c3.5m in height.  That at right terminating in a roadside garage.  That at left extending to form a garden wall of c15m in length.”



Continuing with Pevsner: “To its N on the opposite side, Crown Farm House with a pretty gable towards the street.  Timber-framed with brick-nogging.  Two overhangs.”  Seen here:



Pevsner concludes his Ufford entry with: “Grove Farmhouse, 1.25 miles W of church.  Front with three big identical shaped gables.  Probably late C17.”  Seen here:



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