Record Details

NHER Number:29696
Type of record:Building
Name:Smithdon High School, King's Lynn Road

Summary

A 1954 secondary school by Alison and Peter Smithson. Built of steel and glass panels around two courtyards, it is a pioneering design of international importance.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TF 6786 4057
Map Sheet:TF64SE
Parish:HUNSTANTON, WEST NORFOLK, NORFOLK
xOLD HUNSTANTON, WEST NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

1954 by Alison and Peter Smithson; steel and glass panels around two courtyards. Pioneering design of world importance.

March 1993. Listed, Grade II*.
Listing Description:
Secondary school. 1950-54. Alison and Peter Smithson. Painted steel frame with buff sandlime brick infill. Flat roof. Windows originally of steel, without subframes, but now many of these have been changed to timber. 2 storeys, with single storeyed workshops and kitchens to north. Compact, almost symmetrical rectangular plan around two courtyards, with central double-height hall spanning two main ranges. Classrooms fully glazed, with obscured panels below cill height. Ground floor of lower proportions then upper floor. Steel framed water tower with steel tanks, between main block and attached kitchen, and brick chimney adjacent. An important building with innovative steelwork designed on the plastic theory.
Information from (S1).
Gymnasium NHER 44242 listed separately as grade II*.
NB Listed as Hunstanton but really in Old Hunstanton.
Press cuttings (S2) to (S5) and architectural plans (S6) in file.
E. Rose (NLA), 30 April 1993.

See NHER 1276 for a Roman coin possibly from this site.

Monument Types

  • SCHOOL (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • COIN (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Unpublished Document: NPS Property Consultants. 2003. The Smithdon High School, Hunstanton, Conservation Plan.. September. CD9044.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Designation: English Heritage. 1990-2013. English Heritage Listing Notification. Notification. DNF3897.
<S1>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1077909.
<S2>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1993. School gets listed status. 2 April.
<S3>Newspaper Article: Lynn News. 1993-1994. [Articles on the listing of Smithdon High School].
<S5>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2002. A modernist marvel. 4 January.
<S6>Illustration: Various. Various. Architectural plans.

Related records

44242Parent of: Gymnasium at Smithdon School (Building)

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