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The Debenham Society

Help the parish keep its good looks and remain a pleasant place to live

Heritage Open Days 2008
September 13 & 14

Some of Debenham's most historic and architecturally important buildings will be open for you to explore during Heritage Open Days weekend, Saturday, September 13, and Sunday, September 14. In previous years, this event has attracted hundreds of visitors to the village because of the exceptional quality of the buildings we are able to show.

Access to the properties, and to information about them is free. Refreshments and books etc will be on sale at our information centre in the Red Lion.

This year there will be five properties to visit.

The Red Lion is a former public house, Grade II* listed. This 15th century brewhouse (believed to have served the guild hall), jettied with dragon post. 16th century fine plaster ceiling with fleur de lys, Tudor rose and leaf motifs. Crown post ceiling partly exposed.

The Heritage Opens Days information centre will be in the Long Room at the Red Lion on Sat & Sun 10.30am-4pm. Refreshments available.

Debenham House, 52 Aspall Road is a mid 16th century yeoman farmhouse, timber-framed 3 cell cross entry type, Grade II listed. Fragments of printed prayer text on bressamer beam, mullion window and shutter runs among interesting features of downstairs rooms. Opening times: Sat & Sun 10.30am-1pm, 2pm-4pm.

The Market Cross, Gracechurch Street, Grade II* listed, is a 17th century market cross building (after 1621). Converted for use as a school room from 1630. Interesting plaster ceiling. Sat & Sun 10.30am-1pm, 2pm-4pm.

The Old House, 23 High Street, Grade II* listed. This is probably the most substantial medieval house in Debenham, comprised of what today are 21 (the shop), 23 (the main house) and 25 (The Gables). It is believed to have been built before 1470. The parlour, with an 11ft high ceiling decorated in fine mid 17th century plasterwork, will be open. Sat and Sun 10.30am-1pm, 2-4pm.

37 High Street, 16th century jettied building, Grade II* listed. The most striking feature, in a house full of intriguing details, is the 16th century wall painting in the parlour, Originally part of a large timber-framed house, now 31-37 High Street. Sat & Sun 10.30am -1pm, 2-4pm.

Heritage Open Days weekend has been run by the Civic Trust in England since 1994 as the country’s contribution to European Heritage Days. Now 50 countries take part on the same September weekend. Local events in England are usually run by civic societies, such as the Debenham Society. For more information about the event, locally and nationally, see www.debenhamsociety.org.uk and www.heritageopendays.co.uk

The Debenham Society welcomes new members. Its aims are to protect the village and to encourage understanding of its history, natural history and architecture.

Contact: Lesley Grant-Adamson, 22 High Street, Debenham. 01728 861601

Debenham map from Google.

A disabled toilet is available at the public conveniences in Little Back Lane, close to the High Street.