Frost damages warren lodge

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A MEDIEVAL building used as a base to hunt and harvest rabbits needs a new roof to protect it from frost damage.

The Friends of Thetford Forest group has submitted a planning application to put a roof on Mildenhall Warren Lodge after the lime mortar and flint work were damaged by harsh frosts.

Anne Mason, chairman of the Friends, said: “We have cared for Mildenhall Warren Lodge for the past 12 years and this is part of our ongoing work to conserve such an important building in terms of the history of Thetford Forest and the wider Brecklands.”

The new roof will be a pyramidal design made of plain clay tiles.

Mildenhall Warren Lodge dates back to the 1320s when it would have been home to a warrener who caught rabbits from the system of warrens running underneath the building In medieval times there would have been many warren lodges across Breckland but only Mildenhall and Thetford now remain in their complete form.

Friends of Thetford Forest plans to hold open days while the work is going on so people can look inside the lodge.