Record Details

NHER Number:3173
Type of record:Building
Name:Thornage Hall


Thornage Hall is a former grange of the Bishops of Norwich. The site is known to have been occupied from the Norman period, and excavation has uncovered medieval floor surfaces. The present building was built around 1482 for Bishop Goldwell, and contains reused fragments of 12th to 13th century stone in the walls. In the 17th century each end was demolished and remodelled, but the hall windows and doorways in the centre block were retains. In 1988 a 17th century sewer tunnel was rediscovered. Nearby there is a large brick dovecote, dating to 1728, and barns of flint and brick dating to 1718 and 1727.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 0477 3634
Map Sheet:TG03NW

Full description

Former grange of Bishops of Norwich. Site occupied from Norman period. Reused fragments of 12th - 13th century in walls. Present building dated 1472-1499 by rebus of Bishop Goldwell. Retains hall windows, doorways, reused woodwork. Demolished at each end and remodelled in 17th century. Alterations in 19th century, mostly pre 1851. 17th century sewer tunnel rediscovered 1988.
Also brick dovecote dated 1728. Barns etc 17th-18th century.
See (S1).
See report in file and reconstruction drawings by J. Denny (NNDC) and earlier NARG survey.
E. Rose (NAU), 11 February 1988.

1988. Excavation for NAU.
Medieval surfaces found.
Details in file.
E. Rose (NAU).

See newspaper articles (S2) in file.
M. Horlock (NLA), 19 August 2002.

April 2004. Planning Application.
Erection of extension and new dwellings and alterations to facilitate works.
See (S3) for further details.
Z. Dack (HES), 27 July 2012.

Monument Types

  • BUILDING (Unknown date)
  • FEATURE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • GRANGE (Medieval - 1066 AD? to 1539 AD?)
  • GREAT HOUSE? (Medieval to 15th Century - 1066 AD? to 1482 AD?)
  • WALL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • GREAT HOUSE (15th Century to 21st Century - 1482 AD? to 2100 AD)
  • DRAIN (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • POST HOLE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • TUNNEL (16th Century to 19th Century - 1600 AD? to 1900 AD?)
  • BARN (18th Century to 21st Century - 1718 AD to 2100 AD)
  • DOVECOTE (18th Century to 21st Century - 1728 AD? to 2100 AD)

Associated Finds

  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status

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

Sources and further reading

---Article in Serial: Cozens-Hardy, B. 1961. Some Norfolk Halls. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XXXII pp 163-208. p 204.
---Aerial Photograph: TG 0436/ G, H.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2002. Pure content. 17 August.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TG 03 NW 7.
---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. pp 689-690.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Medieval. Thornage.
---*Rolled Plan: Large Plan Exists.
---Photograph: EAH 1-30, EGH 33-37, EQJ 1-3.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1304519.
<S2>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1986-1997. [Articles on the repurposing of Thornage Hall into a residential home for adults with learning disabilities].
<S3>Unpublished Document: 2011. Planning Application.

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