Record Details

NHER Number:12032
Type of record:Building
Name:Manor House, No 4 Bridewell Street

Summary

The Manor House is a 1616 rebuild of a house lost to the 1615 fire. It is a timber-framed building with a jettied first floor, and was altered in 1864. There are two interesting inscriptions, one reading 'my servant is not a dormouse nor is the host a leech' in Latin, and one reading 'Richardus Lyncolne anno Domini 1616 Live well and dye never Dye well and live Ever'.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TG 1114 0146
Map Sheet:TG10SW
Parish:WYMONDHAM, SOUTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

Late 16th century timber framed and pargetted, overhanging 1st floor.
Information from Listing (S1).

In 19th century this is said to have had the date 1616 on a beam or a fireplace, and also an inscription 'My servant is not a dormouse nor is the host a leech' in Latin.
Some claimed latter was a late insertion but an 'old inhabitant' said it had always been there - Bolingbroke Collection.

13 February 1980. Visited by E. Rose.
Inscription is now over front door. There are traces of original windows on both floors at east end, and a blocked small light on centre of first floor. The inscription on the fireplace beam is 'Richardus Lyncolne anno Domini 1616 Live well and dye never Dye well and live Ever'.
This is supposed to refer to a rebuilding after the town fire of 1615 but the exterior does not give the impression of a rebuilding.
Compiled by E. Rose (NAU), 6 May 1982.

New listing January 1995 (S1) accepts date of 1616 and states altered 1864. There is a moulded wallplate on the rear elevation. Interior ground floor west room has chamfered bridging beam with jewelled tongue stops. East room has sunk quadrant moulded bridging beam with barred tongue stops and inscription given above is on 'north to south
wallplate' (presumably, medwall rail). It is given in modern English. Frame has jowled principal studs. Roof has two tiers of chamfered tongue stopped butt purlins, cambered collars and suggestion of windbracing. The central front door has
original ironwork but the decorative plaster is of 1864.
Compiled by E. Rose (NLA), 4 May 1995.

Monument Types

  • HOUSE (Post Medieval to Modern - 1616 AD? to 2050 AD)
  • JETTIED HOUSE (Post Medieval to Modern - 1616 AD to 2050 AD)
  • TIMBER FRAMED BUILDING (Post Medieval to Modern - 1616 AD? to 2050 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

<S1>Scheduling record: English Heritage. List of Buildings of Historical and Architectural Interest.

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