Yoxford

 

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


Part of this village is on the busy A12 road but turn off and there is quite a lot to see.   However, it was not easy to find many of the entries in Pevsner.  Those that were fairly obvious and accessible are shown below.


The first entry after the church is for Church House of which Pevsner says (p511, 2nd edition): “on the S side of the churchyard.  Timber-framed.”  Seen here:



This is followed by: “Signpost, immediately NW of the church.  Very pretty, probably c.1830, with cast iron openwork lettering.  Three pointing hands.  One points to London.”  Seen here:



There is then Cockfield Hall of which he says “Red brick.  The house itself is of less architectural interest than the outbuildings.  The house is said to date from 1613, but the windows were sashed c.1770, a porch was added, and then a Victorian upper storey with fancy gables and some fancy Tudor decorative motifs.“  Sandon in Suffolk Houses (p39) says: “If 1613, in a coat of arms in the dinig-room window, be accepted as the date of the Jacobean addition ... then this house is strictly early-Renaissance.” The house can be seen from a nearby public footpath, as here:



Pevsner continues: “However, behind the house to the E are two original early Tudor ranges with stepped gables and decorated chimneys.  One is the Gatehouse, which has a four-centred arch to the gateway (there is an asterisked note here that inside the gateway is a terracotta head) and a (later?) mullioned and transomed window above it.  The other contains living quarters, and this has nice square finials to the stepped gables and a group of polygonal chimneys with star tops.  Outside the gatehouse, stable yard, with two symmetrically arranged gateways and a polygonal Culver House in the middle.  They seem to be early C19 Tudor, except for the range on the N side, which is original and of the time of the parts described above.”  Sandon notes (p153) that “Occasionally, as at Cockfield Hall, Yoxford, it is possible to recapture the ceremonial of approach through brick arches, gateways and courtyards.”  These can be seen only in general view here:



Lady Katherine Grey, aged 27, died of tuberculosis in Cockfield Hall (the Tudor one) under the care of its owner Sir Owen Hopton and his wife at 9 o-clock in the morning of 27th January 1568.   Lady Katherine (Catherine) was the sister of Lady Jane Grey and grandaughter of Charles Brandon, duke of Suffolk and his wife Mary, former Queen of France and herself daughter of Henry VII.  She had spent the last six-and-a-half years in prison or under house arrest - and the whole of her life under the doom of her royal blood (Alison Plowden, Lady Jane Grey - pages 180/181).


Pevsner also mentions another gateway “towards Yoxford and range adjoining it.  This is Victorian Tudor in style”.  These were being refurbished when I took these:





Pevsner than mentions Grove Park; a crinkle-crankle wall in the grounds of Satis House (this in brackets meaning not in the first edition), and several houses in the village, none of which I have yet managed to locate and photograph with certainty.


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