Record Details

NHER Number:10666
Type of record:Building
Name:Geldeston Hall


Built in 1777, this country house was the home of the Kerrich family until 1930. The hall is two storeys high with dormer attics, built of grey and red brick with black pantile and slate roofs. The façade has five window bays, and a two storey wing to the rear gives the building an L-shaped plan. Alterations in the late 19th century saw the roof heightened, the entrance moved from the south front to the east side and the interior plan changed. Renovations from 1990, however, have returned the house to two storeys with dormer attics.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TM 3977 9247
Map Sheet:TM39SE

Full description

Built 1777, later altered. (S1).
Bronze Age gold strips found during construction. See NHER 42792.
See report (S2) on Hall and gold in file. (S2) copied to file for NHER 42792.
Architectural history (S3) and architect's renovation plans (S4) in file. Press cuttings (S5) to (S7) in file.
E. Rose (NAU), 2 December 1982.

The family home of Thomas Kerrich, built in 1777. The last Kerrich sold up in 1930. Simple, when built, with a five bay façade and three bay return, of two storeys and a hipped roof with dormers. L shaped plan, with a two storey wing to the rear. The main (entrance) front is to the south. The Hall is constructed of grey and red brick, partly colour washed, with a black pantile and slate roof. During the 19th century, probably in about 1880, the parapet was raised in height to form a further half storey above a thin cornice engulfing the dormers, the porch was removed from the south front and a new entrance made in the east return. At the same time a tripartite window was inserted in the south front and the interior plan altered. The surprisingly bold staircase is all late Victorian. Renovations of 1990 to 1991 have returned the house to two storeys and a dormer attic and substituted a partly balustraded parapet for the cornice. Information from (S8).
P. Aldridge (NLA), 21 December 2005.

June 2011. Planning Application.
Alterations to provide two storey staff accomodation.
See (S9) for further details.
Z. Dack (HES), 27 June 2012.

Monument Types

  • GREAT HOUSE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TM3992 C.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TM 39 SE 9.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2011. Step inside a stately home. 9 February.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Bronze Age. Geldeston [2].
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Slide: Various. Slide.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England.
<S2>Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. 1977. Building Report.. Building Report. 3 August.
<S3>Unpublished Document: Wilson, W. D.. 1990. Geldeston Hall, An Architectural History. July.
<S4>Illustration: Various. Various. Architectural plans.
<S5>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1988. [Photograph of Geldeston Hall]. 9 June.
<S6>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1989. [Articles on the sale of Geldeston Hall].
<S7>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1989. [Articles on the proposal of converting Geldeston Hall into a care centre].
<S8>Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, W. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. p 356.
<S9>Unpublished Document: 2011. Planning Application.

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42792Parent of: Bronze Age gold strips (Find Spot)

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