Record Details

NHER Number:10196
Type of record:Building
Name:Topcroft Hall


Topcroft Hall is a timber-framed mansion, with a first floor hall, which is likely to date to the early 16th century. In one gable-end there are two medieval window heads, though this is probably not an original feature. The large wing of 1898 replaces a Georgian extension, and was itself extended in 1960.

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Grid Reference:TM 2681 9205
Map Sheet:TM29SE

Full description

Timber framed mansion, with first floor hall, probably early 16th century.
Large wing of 1898 replaces Georgian extension; now itself extended in neo-Georgian style in 1960.
Fragments of stone windows and fireplace set in outside of 20th century sections.
See (S1).
E. Rose (NLA), 20 March 2001.

September 2005. Trial Trenching. Contexts 1-12.
Exposed several deposits of made ground including a truncated gravel layer that may once have been a garden path. In addition three shallow features were located, two containing post medieval ceramic building material and medieval pottery and one containing a single sherd of medieval pottery.
See report (S2) for further details.
The associated archive has been deposited with the Norwich Castle Museum (NWHCM : 2016.179).
J. Allen (NLA), 16 May 2007. Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 21 June 2019.

Monument Types

  • CHAPEL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PIT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • GREAT HOUSE (Medieval to Modern - 1500 AD? to 2050 AD)
  • TIMBER FRAMED HOUSE (Medieval to Modern - 1500 AD? to 2050 AD)
  • GARDEN PATH (Post Medieval - 1540 AD? to 1900 AD?)
  • PIT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • NAIL (Unknown date)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BRICK (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • ROOF TILE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Article in Serial: Cozens-Hardy, B. 1961. Some Norfolk Halls. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XXXII pp 163-208. p 205.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1996. Village birthplace of great romance. 14 February.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, W. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. p 738.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Medieval. Topcroft.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Rose, E. (NLA). 2001. Building Report.. Building Report.
<S2>Unpublished Contractor Report: Hobbs, B. 2007. An Archaeological Evaluation at Topcroft Hall, Topcroft, Norfolk. NAU Archaeology. 1111.

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