|Type of record:||Building|
|Name:||The Bell Hotel, Orford Hill|
This 17th century building was altered and extended in 19th century. It was almost completely stripped of original features in late 20th century but the carriage entry with moulded jambs and a four centred arch survives. Renovations in 1976 discovered a dump of clay pipes beneath the concrete floor. Later in 1991, during structural work, archaeological investigations recorded the presence of the castle ditch below this property along with several post medieval wells.
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|Grid Reference:||TG 23108 08373|
|Parish:||NORWICH, NORWICH, NORFOLK|
17th century building, altered and extended in 19th century.
Almost completely stripped of original features in late 20th century.
Carriage entry with moulded jambs and a four centred arch survives.
See also (S1).
1973. Norwich Survey.
Range by range, block by block description of the original 17th century building that is entirely encased in 19th century brickwork and rendered.
T.E. Miller (NLA) 17 March 2004.
1976. Renovation and conversion.
A dump of clay pipes found beneath the concrete floor (laid down in 1910).
Workmen also reported a story that when the floor was laid down a 'priest-hole' was discovered and filled - ?well/soak-away.
Work continued on the renovation and conversion, confined largely to the removal of concrete floors and not cutting through the modern makeup beneath.
M. Atkin (NCM).
Feb 1991. Structural work on Bell Hotel during refitment as offices.
A watching brief carried out by the NAU revealed castle ditch below, and wells.
See report (S3) in file.
A. Shelley (NAU) 12 September 1991.
See press cutting (S4) in file.
T. Sunley (NLA) 1 November 2007.
At Oak Cottage, Thorpe Market (site 14094) the front door, inserted in the 1980s, has a wave moulded frame of 16th rather than 17th century appearance which is said to come from the Bell Hotel. The house also contains a number of other items of architectural salvage.
E. Rose (NLA) 18 February 2000.
- WELL (Unknown date)
- WELL (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
- INN (Post Medieval to Modern - 1600 AD to 2050 AD)
- CLAY PIPE (SMOKING) (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
Sources and further reading
|---||Unpublished document: NCM Staff. 1973-1989. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card - Norwich. |
|---||Secondary File: Secondary file. |
|<S1>||Scheduling record: English Heritage. List of Buildings of Historical and Architectural Interest. |
|<S2>||Unpublished document: Carter, A.. Building Survey. |
|<S3>||Unpublished document: Shelley, A.. 10 Sept 1991. NAU watching brief at the Bell Hotel, Norwich, Norfolk.. |
|<S4>||Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2 Aug 1991. |
|Mon 1534||Parent of: Inner ‘south bailey’ ditch (Ditch 9 -Castle Mall) (Monument)|
|Site 1690||Parent of: The Bell Hotel, Orford Hill (Monument)|
|Site 1691||Parent of: The Bell Hotel, Orford Hill (Monument)|
|Site 1692||Parent of: The Bell Hotel, Orford Hill (Monument)|
|Site 2588||Parent of: The Bell Hotel, Orford Hill (Monument)|
|Mon 836||Parent of: The Bell Hotel, Orford Hill (Monument)|
|Site 1693||Parent of: The Bell Hotel, Orford Hill T64 (Monument)|
|429||Part of: Norwich Castle, Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery (Monument)|
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