Our family and two neighbors were invited across the street to Ford Hall to tour their beautiful half-timbered home – in this photo my wife stands between our two neighbors while David goes to get a closer look at the horses.
I don’t know the date when Ford Hall was first built, but it is a British Listed Building that probably dates to at least the year 1500 – some 500 years ago.
Bridge Street Hamlet is officially part of the village of Long Melford a mile or so south of us, and this area of Suffolk has quite a number of historic half-timbered buildings that are still in excellent condition.
In this photo David and I are standing in a corner of Ford Hall’s property – which is quite extensive in total – on a beautiful day in Suffolk County.
The inside of Ford Hall is beautifully well preserved, as in this view of the living room, with it’s amazing beamed ceiling.
My camera often displayed “ghost-like” images as with this one…especially when light levels were low – but what do you expect in a house that may be over 500 years old?
The open two-storied area of the central staircase reveals wonderfully preserved timbers and plaster that have endured the test of time.
In the U.S. we describe a half-timbered house or building as “timber-frame” construction – using pegs and carved joints to hold the frame together without nails or bolts – my “ghost friend” is looking over the railing in the top right corner of this photo.
My friend the ghost attempted a return performance for this photo with the overall darker background, but its attempt was pretty weak!
A final look inside Ford Hall, a perfectly preserved historic home that serves as an opportunity to look back into the distant past of Suffolk history.
This is a view of the beautiful grounds of Ford Hall between the pond and the manor house, looking towards an outbuilding and the open horse pastures beyond.
A final look at Ford Hall and one of the outbuildings, with a portion of the circular drive – that loops around the scenic pond in the middle of the circle.