Superbly-located period property in Bury St Edmunds
This striking grade II-listed home is close to many of the amenities the town has to offer and provides modern living within an historic building. Adrian Peel found out more from the owner.
Full of history and situated in a delightful location, this charming period home on Crown Street in Bury St Edmunds - once owned by renowned author Norah Lofts - is on the market with David Burr.
A fine example of a grade II-listed townhouse occupying a prominent position within the town centre, the property is believed to be of 17th-century construction with later 18th-century additions.
The house, which boasts a modern interior, is timber-framed with a jettied public-facing façade, a plain tiled roof, and extends to more than 2,300 square feet. The property benefits from a lovely enclosed walled garden to the rear as well as a versatile dry cellar.
One of the owners told us: “The house is ideally located. It’s in walking distance from theatres, cinemas, restaurants, supermarkets, all the High Street shops. It’s just a fantastic place to live.”
He continued: “The earliest phase [of the house] is located in the front, running parallel to the street. Much of the ground floor has been covered with later changes, but there is evidence of timber framing on the cellar, first storey, and in the roof gables at the back of the building.
“This first phase is partially dateable based on the first floor beam, which has a curved step stop chamfer design; this design of chamfer stop typically starts in the mid-to-late 16th century into the early 17th century.
“The next building phase is the chimney stack, which was added on to the back of this range. Finally, the back two gables on either side of the chimney stack are the third phase. They are likely pre-industrial, and pre-Georgian due to the timber framing pattern.”
On the ground floor, the entrance hall provides a grand welcome with its high ceilings, wood flooring and doors leading to the main ground floor accommodation. A door leads through to the spacious sitting room, where the main focal point is provided by the central fireplace inset with multi-fuel burner and a continuation of wooden flooring.
The room is finished with dual aspect sash windows to the front and a door leading to the dining room, another grand space with wooden flooring, feature inset burning stove with oak bressummer over. The room is conveniently placed between the kitchen and sitting room, while affording ample space for formal dining with double doors leading to the rear terrace and another door to the kitchen.
Located to the rear of the property, the kitchen benefits from a number of integrated appliances including a Franke stainless steel sink inset with drainer and Brita hot and cold mixer tap over, a Neff oven and induction hob with extractor over, integrated fridge/freezer, Neff microwave and Neff dishwasher. The kitchen also has dual aspect windows to the rear and side with a door leading to the rear terrace.
Also on the ground floor is a cloak room, cellar and utility room which has additional space for white goods, including a washing machine and dryer, dual aspect windows to the rear and side with a stable door leading to the rear terrace.
On the first floor are two impressive bedrooms - one with en-suite - and a family bathroom, while two more (double) bedrooms can be found on the second floor. Outside is the enclosed walled garden retaining some of the few examples of original brick and flint-built walled gardens within Bury St Edmunds town centre. There is also a predominantly westerly-facing courtyard.
The owners - a couple - acquired the property in October 2010 but did not move in until January, 2012, after renovations had been completed.
The husband recalled that the house was in a good condition when they purchased it but that it needed “bringing into the 21st century”. The pictures clearly show that it has been.
Born and raised in Norwich, he said he and his wife have decided to move as she has always wanted to live by the sea, but stressed: “It’s not to get away from Bury St Edmunds because it’s just such a wonderful place to live.”
Changes the couple have made include treating all the timber, removing a disused staircase, replacing a window with French doors, installing a new kitchen, boiler and en-suite bathroom, and putting solid oak flooring down in the entrance hall, sitting room, dining room, kitchen, the master bedroom and bathroom.
davidburr.co.uk / 01284 725525
- Guide price £795,000
- Fine example of an early 17th century grade II-listed townhouse
- Entrance hall
- Sitting room
- Dining room
- Utility room
- Cloak room
- Four bedroom spread out over two floors - one with en-suite
- Family bathroom
- Enclosed garden
- Westerly-facing courtyard