Record Details

NHER Number:15481
Type of record:Building
Name:Old Hall Farm, South Burlingham


A 16th century red brick farmhouse, with a good example of a 16th century porch tower,with moulded brick finials. In 1991 a remarkable series of late 16th century wall paintings depicting various hunting scenes were discovered in the 'long gallery', which are of national importance. The farm also includes excellent examples of traditional farm buildings, including a late 16th century timber-famed great barn with its walls and gables replaced with brick in early 18th century, an early 18th century stble with hay loft and, close to the house, a granary of 1749.

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Grid Reference:TG 3725 0783
Map Sheet:TG30NE

Full description

16th century and later house, with a fine red brick Elizabethan porch tower with polygonal angle shafts and finials; pedimented entrance and window above, with mermaids supporting cartouche.
Remains of finials on north gable.
South gable wall has either been rebuilt, or extended southwards in recent times; one can walk behind the chimney on the first floor, see Wood Dalling Hall etc.
Stair turret in line with porch.
Thatched roof.
Fine roof structure remains but rest of interior gutted.
The building has an unusual roof with the porch and stair turret having a continuous cross roof carried through the 'main' roof, creating a 'long gallery' in the attic, within which important wall paintings have been discovered.
In one of the roof partitions thus resulting is a late 16th century wall painting of flowers with quatrefoil border, on daub and reed.
See (S1) and (S2).
E. Rose (NAU) 30 July 1982.

Broadland District Council report finding of extensive series of wallpaintings depicting various hunting scenes, stated by the Courtauld Gallery to be of national importance.
See (S3) in file.
E. Rose, (NLA) 21 February 1992.

The wall paintings in the 'long gallery' date to about 1580, and show a stylised landscape of hills and trees, and a building which may be a depiction of the Old Hall itself.
The adjoining chamber is known as the 'Painted Chamber' and also has the remains of vivid wall paintings.
See (S3).

The outbuildings are the finest 18th to 19th century farm assemblage in Norfolk.
The early 18th century cartlodge surviving virtually unaltered; barn has brickwork on east gable designed to complement the house front and a very early 18th century roof.
Stable has decorative brickwork, original mullioned windows and all fittings, with hayloft above; granary dated 'CT' 1749.
(S6) Barn as 16th/17th century noting arch braced tiebeams flanking a threshing floor and notes smaller brick 17th century barn also.
See (S4).
E. Rose (NLA) 16 January 1995.

See (S3) in file which includes representation of an E-shaped house, possibly the original form of this building.
E. Rose, (NLA) 6 January 1999

September 2011. Planning Application.
Construction of Shower Room & Toilet on First Floor of the Granary.
See (S5).
Z. Dack (HES), 2 November 2011.

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds

  • WALL PAINTING (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building
  • Listed Building
  • Listed Building
  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1988. Farmhouse Elizabethan picture find. 11 May.
---Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1051524.
---Illustration: Various. Various. Architectural plans.
---Unpublished Document: Carter, A.. 1987. Building Survey.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TG 30 NE 6.
---Unpublished Document: Longcroft, A.. 1997. Old Hall, South Burlingham.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N. and Wilson, B. 1997. Norfolk 1: Norwich and North-East. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. p 421.
---Publication: Willins, E.P. (ed. By Thos. Garratt). 1890. Some Old Halls and Manor Houses in the County of Norfolk.. Pl 16.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---*Rolled Plan: Large Plan Exists.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2003. Advantages to underfloor heating. 21 November.
---Unpublished Document: William Vaughan-Lewis. 2013. national archive documents relating to Old Hall.
---Publication: Peter Scupham & Margaret Steward. 2013. Old Hall South Burlingham.
---Unpublished Document: The Morton Partnership. 1997. The Old Hall, South Burlingham, Norfolk. Specification and Schedule of Works Associated with the Provision of a New Roof Over the Existing Gallery Related to Preserving Wall Paintings.
---Designation: English Heritage. 1994? -2011?. English Heritage Digital Designation Record. Record. DNF1577.
<S1>Monograph: Pevsner, N. 1962. North-East Norfolk and Norwich. The Buildings of England. 1st Edition. p 107.
<S2>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1152874.
<S3>Unpublished Document: Perry, M.. 1998. Old Hall, South Burlingham: The Long Gallery Wall Paintings. Phase 1.
<S4>Publication: Wade-Martins, S.. 1994. Norfolk Farmsteads Thematic Survey. p.38-39.
<S5>Unpublished Document: 2011. Planning Application.

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MNO6734Related to: Barn 10 m N of Old Hall Farmhouse Norwich Road SOUTH BURLINGHAM (Revoked)

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