Record Details

NHER Number:11979
Type of record:Monument
Name:Ashwicken Hall


The medieval moat that once surrounded the Hall was filled in during the 19th century when the house was also substantially altered. No early work is visible in the building, which has been extensively restored, and there is now no trace of the moat.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 7016 1907
Map Sheet:TF71NW

Full description

Formerly moated; this infilled and house 'modernised' in 1856. See (S1).
North end demolished and remainder modernised 1970.
Present building is of 6 bays, 3 storeys, the top storey being smaller. It is entirely clad in 19th century brick and owner states there is no timber frame inside, though there are some studwork partition walls. There is a strange uneven bay window on second bay from north. Central doorway with heavy pillars. Hipped slate roof; dentilled cornice. Top storey gives impression of being an addition; there is a string course below it. Also a ridge above ground floor. Only façade plastered. At rear a more conventional bay window.
All this work looks more like about 1820 than 1856 except rear bay window.
Present north gable is of 1970; owner states demolished section was not keyed in to main building.
No trace of moat, and little if any old work survives.
NB. Reference in (S2) to spur from 'site of Ashwicken Hall' refers to NHER 11832 and not this site.
Visited by E. Rose (NAU) 1 July 1981.

(S3) shows house in its present form and no trace of moat! Called simply 'homestall'.
E. Rose (NAU) 16 July 1981.

Architects plans (1998) in file.

Monument Types

  • GREAT HOUSE (Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)
  • MOAT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Illustration: Various. Various. Architectural plans.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2001. Major renovation of handsome home. 28 September.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Serial: Bryant, T. H.. 1898-1915. The Churches of Norfolk. Vols 1-19. Vols 1-19..
<S2>Serial: 1970. Council for British Archaeology Group 7 Bulletin of Archaeological Discoveries for 1970. No 17. p 3.
<S3>Map: 1843. Ashwicken Tithe Map and Apportionment.

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