Church Farmhouse, St Nicholas South Elmham, Suffolk. This early 16th-century house has been stripped back prior to a full restoration. This view shows exposed timber framework and the central chimney stack rising through a gap in the thatch. Photographed by Hallam Ashley July 1965
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EDITORS COMMENTS This print takes us back in time to the picturesque countryside of Suffolk, England. The image showcases a timber framed house known as Church Farmhouse, located in the charming village of St Nicholas South Elmham. Dating back to the early 16th century, this historic dwelling stands as a testament to the region's rich architectural heritage. Intriguingly, this particular snapshot captures an important moment in the house's history – it had been stripped down before undergoing a meticulous restoration process. As we gaze upon the photograph, our eyes are immediately drawn to the exposed timber framework that forms its sturdy structure. Each beam and post tells a story of craftsmanship and resilience that has withstood centuries of change. The central focal point is undoubtedly the chimney stack rising gracefully through a gap in its thatched roof. This feature not only adds character but also provides warmth and comfort during chilly winters spent within these ancient walls. Hallam Ashley skillfully captured this timeless scene during July 1965 when nature was at its peak bloom surrounding Church Farmhouse. Through his lens, he immortalized both beauty and history in one frame – inviting us into an era long gone yet still preserved within these hallowed halls. As we admire this remarkable piece of architecture frozen in time, let us appreciate Historic England for preserving such treasures for future generations to cherish and learn from.
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