Record Details

NHER Number:14705
Type of record:Building
Name:Oldhall Farm


An early 16th century guildhall, belonging to the guild of St John the Baptist. The guidhall had a large open hall and a two storey cell, and was subdivided into two houses after the Dissolution. The building has an unusual undercroft, which may have been used as a strongroom for the guild's regalia.

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Grid Reference:TM 0753 8085
Map Sheet:TM08SE

Full description

Guildhall of St John Baptist.
Apparently late medieval open hall with stack and 2 storeyed west end rooms, unusual ornate undercroft used as a strongroom?
East end floored with reused early 16th century timbers, possibly in 1549 when guild suppressed.
Windows glazed and possible garderobe tower added.
18th to 19th century alterations.
Restored 1979.
See (S1).
E. Rose (NAU) 19 August 1985.

1992. Trial Trench.
Trench to north of building revealed a potentially medieval pit. Finds recovered included a Middle Saxon pottery sherd and medieval and post-medieval pottery sherds.
See report (S2) for further details. The results of this work are also summarised in (S3).
The finds recovered have been deposited with the Norwich Castle Museum (NWHCM : 1995.68).
E. Rose (NLA) 18 September 1992. Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 12 March 2015.

Monument Types

  • GUILDHALL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PIT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • GUILDHALL (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • POT (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • VESSEL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MOLLUSCA REMAINS (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Illustration: Various. Various. Architectural plans.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TM 08 SE M.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Slide: Various. Slide.
---Fiche: Exists.
---Photograph: BDN 8a, 9a, 10.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. 1985. Building Report.. Building Report.
<S2>Unpublished Contractor Report: Wallis, H. 1992. Report on Evaluation Excavation at Old Hall Farm, Bressingham. Norfolk Archaeological Unit. 37.
<S3>Article in Serial: Gurney, D. (ed.). 1993. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk 1992. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLI Pt IV pp 522-532. p 524.

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