Record Details

NHER Number:15638
Type of record:Building
Name:2, 4 and 6, White Hart Street

Summary

This two storey timber framed building was formerly the White Hart Inn. It was constructed in the 17th century, but was almost completely rebuilt in the 19th century when at least part of the building was converted to shops. In the late 20th century it was again partly rebuilt when portions were converted to offices. The ground floor retains a square carriage entrance, a bowed 19th century shop front, and one bricked-in window with ovolo moulded mullions. Timber studs and a dragon beam have been identified at the ground floor to No. 2, suggesting that it was once jettied, and a cross wing in the courtyard retains exposed flint, brick and clunch. In 1979 wall paintings were discovered during restoration which are believed to date to the 17th century.

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Location

Grid Reference:TL 8692 8320
Map Sheet:TL88SE
Parish:THETFORD, BRECKLAND, NORFOLK

Full description

former White Hart Inn. Listed Building (1971).
Former inn, now 2 shops and offices. C17 structure almost completely rebuilt C19, partly rebuilt late C20. Timber-framed, flint and brick. Pantile roof. 2 storeys. Façade with 6 first-floor window bays, irregularly disposed. First floor rendered and colourwashed. Square carriage entrance to rear is set to left. Left of this is a bowed C19 shop front with a C20 glazed doorway. Ground floor to right of carriage arch rebuilt C20: 2 doors, a shop display window and a sash. Six 6/6 first-floor sashes. Hipped roof. South return with three 6/6 horned sashes each floor under segmental heads. Courtyard elevations extensively rebuilt late C20. 2-storey cross wing to rear of No.6 still has exposed flint, clunch and brick construction. One first-floor blocked window retains 3 ovolo-moulded mullions. INTERIOR: cellar under No.2 much rebuilt. Ground floor of No.2 with timber studs evident and a dragon beam to south-west room suggesting a former jetty. First floor with chamfered and tongue-stopped bridging beams. Similar bridging beams survive elsewhere in Nos 4 & 6.
Information from (S1).

October 1979.
Wallpaintings uncovered in restoration in No.4.
Identified by Department of Environment as 17th century, but Breckland District Council believes the building is of later date than this.
E. Rose (NAU) January 1980.

N.B. this site was formerly confused with NHER 12109.

Building listed as former White Hart Inn. Listing confirms 17th century date though it does not mention wallpaintings. Timber framed with carriage arch and 19th century bow shop front. Most of exterior of late date but cross wing in courtyard retains exposed flint, clunch and brick; one first floor window with ovolo mullions. No.2 has dragon beam indicating former jetty. Tongue stops to first floor beams. Cellar, much rebuilt.
E. Rose (NLA) 30 March 1994.

Monument Types

  • (Former Type) INN (Post Medieval - 1600 AD to 1900 AD)
  • CELLAR (Post Medieval to Modern - 1600 AD to 2050 AD)
  • HOUSE (Post Medieval to Modern - 1600 AD to 2050 AD)
  • JETTIED HOUSE (Post Medieval - 1600 AD to 1900 AD)
  • TIMBER FRAMED BUILDING (Post Medieval to Modern - 1600 AD to 2050 AD)
  • SHOP (Post Medieval to Modern - 1800 AD? to 2050 AD)
  • OFFICE (Cold War to Modern - 1967 AD to 2050 AD)

Associated Finds

  • WALL PAINTING (Post Medieval - 1600 AD to 1900 AD)

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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