Building History

Harleston has over 160 Grade I and Grade II listed buildings.  But beware, some buildings may not be what they seem, they may be in disguise.  What appears to be a Georgian house may be a even older building from the Tudor times.  Later additions to Tudor buildings in Georgian and Victorian times may have hidden some of the exterior, but their true heritage can be discovered with a keen eye some clues. Can you idenify the building gems inside Harleston?

Can you work out when a building was built? There are clues to the age of a building if you look closely. The shape, style and slope of the roof; the size and position of the bricks; the shape, size and structure of the windows; the number, design and position of the chimneys; and the surround to the front door. These are some of the things that give clues, can you become a building detective? Read more >

Descriptions of buildings will be added to this site to build up a list of some of the architectural masterpeices inside Harleston.  Keep a look out for new entries, then come to Harleston and see for youselves.

Shipps Close

Shipps Close

Shipps Close

The oldest building in Harleston now looks like one of the less significant, but in its day would have been the home of a proud member of the ruling class.  The front is a modest Victorian brick building in appearance in The Old Market Place.  Yet behind the facade is a much older front, from centuries before, and behind that a 'raised aisle hall' from the 1340's. Read more >

Reydon House

Reydon House

Reydon House

This grand Georgian House between Chameleon House and the Bookmakers hides an even older building dating back to the mid 1400s. The house has undergone changes throughout it's long history. It was probably in the 1500s that chimneys were installed and fireplaces built. There is evidence of early metal rimmed windows and some of the earliest wooden sash windows remain. In the 1700s, in line with fashion and a statement of one's position in society the timbers to the house were covered with a fine Georgian facade. Read more >

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