Posted on 06/15/2013

Photo taken on August  8, 2011

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River Brett
Copper Beech
Tudor House
Dedham Vale
Constable Country
area of outstanding natural beauty
River Stour
village green
East Anglia
Olden Manor

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Higham - Olden Manor

Higham - Olden Manor
There are two Highams in the county of Suffolk (there are also two Denhams and two Wangfords - not to mention Raydon and Reydon, Freston and Friston - very confusing for visitors). This one is located on the eastern bank of the River Brett (which defines the parish's western boundary), around 400 metres north of the point at which it joins the River Stour and is part of Babergh district. In 2010 it had a population of 140. The village itself is a designated conservation area, whilst the entire parish is located within the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It also contains Rowley Grove, a nature reserve classed as Ancient Woodland.

Despite its small size, Higham has eighteen listed buildings, consisting mainly of grade II houses and cottages, mostly timber-framed and rendered with plaintile roofs, although three are thatched and one slated. Ten listed buildings are to be found within the conservation area. The triangular Village Green with its large Copper Beech is very much the main focus of the village. It lies at the junction of the B1068 and Higham Road to Stratford St. Mary.

Some of the timber-framed buildings are not rendered all over in the usual Suffolk manner and have exposed framing. Olden Manor (grade II listed as 16th Century ‘Tudor House’) is one of these and still has its open hall between the two crosswings. It has rendered panels between the framing members with brick nogging to the ground floor.

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Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland
Very beautiful.
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Dave C
Dave C
Superb image and processing.
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