Record Details

NHER Number:17595
Type of record:Building
Name:Gunton House and multi - period pottery finds


A timber framed farmhouse, formerly a manor house, of predominantly 16th century date with brick gable ends and later alterations and additions including a brick façade. Roman pottery fragments have been found in the garden, as well as a great number of medieval pottery fragments.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 0162 0687
Map Sheet:TG00NW

Full description

Probably late 16th/early 17th century timber framed house with brick cladding and 19th century façade.
Some very odd constructional features.
Extensive wall paintings.
See (S1) in file.
E. Rose (NAU), 4 February 1984.

1981. Norwich Survey.
See (S3), including sketch plans and historical notes.
T.E. Miller (NLA), 7 December 2005.

October 2004. Site visited at the request of English Heritage prior to erection of garden shed immediately west of west gable wall. Owner had removed 150mm of soil by hand revealing mortar spread with fragments of 19th century roof tile.
E. Rose (NLA), 5 October 2000.

2000. Tree-ring analysis.
Seven timbers were taken from the main roof and the staircase which forms a group that were felled between AD 1579 and 1597. It is not possible to determine whether the two structures are exactly contemporaneous but there is the suggestion that the timbers used in the staircase could have been felled later possibly between AD 1578 and 1609.
See (S4).
S. Howard (HES), 25 October 2010.

2000 to 2001. Found whilst gardening in vegetable patches behind (to the north) of house.
Seven body sherds unglazed medieval pottery.
One basal, four body sherds of glazed Grimston.
Some sherds quite fresh.
Eleven sherds found at TG 01630688.
One slightly further north beyond east to west ditch.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 5 May 2001.

Before 25 May 2001. Casual finds.
Further finds of medieval sherds in vegetable garden.
One early medieval bowl rim, one base, forty five body sherds unglazed.
Six body sherds glazed grimston.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 29 May 2001.

Further finds made during gardening before 19th December 2001.
One ?Iron Age, finely gritted, reduced with partly oxidised surfaces, body sherd.
Two Roman greyware (one highly micaceous and iron stained) body sherds.
Three jar rim, three basal and forty nine body sherds medieval unglazed.
Two unglazed Grimston body sherds.
Seven glazed Grimston body sherds.
One lead glazed dull red glazed earthenware with thick glazed over one fracture. ?a waster - late 16th-early 17th century.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 19 December 2001.

February 2002.
Further finds from garden.
Medieval unglazed: two bowl rims, one jar rim, twenty six body sherds.
Three body sherds glazed grimston.
One body sherd, thin, reduced, very micaceous, probably Roman greyware.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 1 March 2002.

Before 30 April 2002.
Further collection from garden.
Roman: one jar rim micaceous greyware (fresh).
Medieval: unglazed, five jar rim, one early medieval bowl rim, one jug rim oxidised, six basal (sagging), one basal (flat and sandy), ninety one body sherds glazed Grimston: two handle fragments and twenty three body sherds (including a leaf motif in white firing clay), two glazed red earthenware.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 30 April 2002.

Before 31 December 2002.
Further surface finds in garden:
148 sherds medieval unglazed, including three bowl rim, four jar rim, three bowl or jar rim and three basal.
Seventeen glazed Grimston.
One probable late medieval /Transitional.
One lead glazed reduced 16th to17th century.
Some glazed red earthenware.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 2 January 2003.

Before 29 April 2003.
Further pottery found while gardening.
One coarse sand ?Iron Age; 145 med unglazed (including six bowl rims (one with wide flat flange), three jar rims and six bases); twenty five glazed Grimston including two small rod handles and two bases; eight glazed red earthenware.
Weights of all sherds so far recovered:
Iron Age 2g.
Roman 20g.
Med unglazed 1.585kg.
Glazed Grimston 481g.
16th/17th century lead glazed including ?waster 20g.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 30 April 2003.

Monument Types

  • TIMBER FRAMED HOUSE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • POT (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • WALL PAINTING (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Graphic material: Various. Various. Architectural plans..
---Photograph: 1996. Photograph of Gunton Farmhouse, Reymerstone. Colour.
---Photograph: Gunton House, Reymerston. Print.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Unpublished document: Rose, E.. 1984. Building Report.
<S2>Scheduling record: English Heritage. List of Buildings of Historical and Architectural Interest.
<S3>Unpublished document: Carter, A.. Building Survey.
<S4>Unpublished document: Bridge, M.. 2001. Centre for Archaeology Report 37/2001. Tree Ring Analysis of Timbers from Guntons Farmhouse, Garvestone, Norfolk..

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