Record Details

NHER Number:14609
Type of record:Building
Name:The Old Manor, The Chase


This building was ruinous until restoration in 1985 to 1986 by Bernard Crowson. It began life around 1500, and there is evidence that the earliest part was a timber-framed house jettied to the south. In 1638 it was extended in brick, presumably for Bernadas Frencham who was Rector between 1628 and 1661 and whose initials are marked on the south gable. All the early rooms in the eastern wing had first floors, and so this house represents a very early storeyed building, breaking away from the hall-house tradition.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 5021 1704
Map Sheet:TF51NW

Full description

L-shaped brick house dated 1638, containing very elaborate carved beams of around 1500. Probably western end of H-shaped house; a timber framed building of around 1500 reclad and extended in brick 1638. East end demolished in 18th century. Derelict but under restoration in 1988.
(restoration now completed)
See reports in file.
(S1)-(S4) in file.
Listed (S5) Grade II*.
E. Rose (NAU), 10 February 1988.

Medieval jetton from site.

December 2004. NAU watching brief on extension. Contexts 100-103 used.
No evidence of earlier foundations.
Large well, probably post medieval, found.
Medieval and post medieval sherds recovered from topsoil.
See (S6) for further informations.
J. Allen (NLA), 5 January 2005.

Monument Types

  • HOUSE (Medieval to Modern - 1500 AD? to 2050 AD)
  • MANOR (Medieval to Modern - 1500 AD? to 2050 AD)
  • TIMBER FRAMED BUILDING (Medieval to Modern - 1500 AD? to 2050 AD)
  • WELL (Post Medieval - 1540 AD? to 1900 AD?)

Associated Finds

  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • TOKEN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Serial: Pevsner, N. & Wilson, B.. 1989. The Buildings of England. Norfolk 2: North-West and South..
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
---Photograph: BDV, BDX, EGH 26-32.
---Newspaper Article: Lynn News. 1994. Transformed. 14 June.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1995. Sale advertisment. 27 January.
---Newspaper Article: Lynn News. 1995. To the manor born… (sale advertisment). 24 February.
---Newspaper Article: Lynn News. 1995. Sale advertisment. 24 February.
---Newspaper Article: Lynn News. 1991. Two with interesting tales (sale advertisment). 8 October.
<S1>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1979. Bid to save Fenland house. 3 November.
<S2>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1984. Manor house: council opt out. 19 January. 2.
<S3>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1984. Trust stops the rot at manor house. 2 March.
<S4>Newspaper Article: Lynn News. 1987. Order to buy house is 'too late' says owner. 28 July.
<S5>Scheduling record: English Heritage. List of Buildings of Historical and Architectural Interest.
<S6>Unpublished document: Hobbs, B.P.. 2005. NAU Report No. 1034. An Archaeological Watching Brief at the Old Manor House, The Chase, Walpole St Peter, Norfolk..

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