Needham Market

The first edition of Pevsner's Suffolk, written by the man himself, said: "At the end of the perambulation No 1 with a seven-bay plastered C18 façade; opposite the former Grammar School, timber-framed, built in 1632 by Sir Francis Theobald of Barking Hall with materials from the Needham Market Guildhall."

In the 2015 edition of the Pevsner guide to Suffolk West, James Bettley says: "At the end of the High Street Nos 2-4, built as a Free School in accordance with the will of Sir Francis Theobald (died 1653). Theobald ordered the old guildhall at Barking to be moved for the purpose, and many of the timbers are indeed reused and of C15-C16 date. Two-storey gabled porch. Some mid-C19 remodelling, e.g. the bargeboards."

Barking is a village 1m SW of Needham Market. (Note: there is a pathway called The Causeway from the parish church at Barking to Needham Market near the Town Hall. There is a theory that Causeways were used for processions from churches to gildhalls). Evidence of a gild at Barking is shown lower down this page.

The Historic England listing for this building is here.

This building (not a gildhall but embodying some parts of one) is shown below:
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More relevantly to the present, James Bettley also says: "… on the corner of Bridge street, the former Bull Inn, jettied on both frontages. Corner-post carved with an angel with spread out wings (?) and some tracery. It may have been built as an inn, or as a guildhall; remains of doors and windows (now blocked) of shops."

The Historic England listing details are here but do not mention use as a gildhall.
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The question mark in the 2015 edition of Suffolk West may have been because the carving has weathered more but when I took the picture below in 2009 it looked like an angel with spread out wings to me. The listing details refer to "a winged angel or human figure". See also item 3d on the Gildhalls page.
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The extract(s) below are taken from one or more of the following articles in PSIAH (see the Sources page for details of how to access).

Morley, C., 1926, A check-list of the sacred buildings of Suffolk, to which are added Gilds. XIX Part 2, 168-211.

Redstone, V. B., 1904, Chapels, Chantries and Gilds in Suffolk. XII Part 1, 1-87. Has abstracts of 39 gild certificates, 18 in Bury (presumably the 1389 returns). Also details of Ipswich Corpus Christi gild.

Redstone, V. B., 1937. IV. Extracts from wills and other material, showing the history of Suffolk churches, chantries and guilds (Appendix to article published in Proceedings Vol XII). XXIII Part 1, 50-78.
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For information on buildings mentioned in the Pevsner guide to Suffolk in this location see