Record Details

NHER Number:33813
Type of record:Building
Name:Malthouse Farm


This is a two storey timber framed house with a thatched roof. Fairly unremarkable from the outside, although it has a fine Regency doorway. Internal investigations have revealed the house to be a very important early hall house, possibly dating to the 14th century, which retains original timber architecture including a crown post roof, smoke-blackened timbers, a possible garderobe and evidence of a central medieval hearth. Of course there have been many subsequent alterations; the central chimney stack, upper floor and attic were added in the late 17th century, the Gothick window to the north is from the Regency period, and the external chimney stack to the west is probably late 19th century.
Nearby stands a 17th or 18th century timber framed barn.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TM 147 861
Map Sheet:TM18NW

Full description

Exceptionally early and important hall house retaining crownpost roof, smoke blackening, evidence of possible garderobe and dais; hearth found under floor.
First floors above end bays. Parallels suggest early 14th century. Some wall painting.
Stack, hall floor and part attic inserted probably in late 17th century.
Later remodelling includes good Regency details.
See full report (S1) in file. Photographs (S2) in file. Work also noted in (S3).
E.Rose (NLA), 15 September 1998.

June 1999. Building Survey.
Historic building assessment prior to proposed repair of the building.
The building is constructed from an oak timber frame and contains the remains of a crown post roof. A later chimney stack has been inserted to the west of the parlour/hall dividing wall.
See report (S4) for further details
S. Howard (NLA), 12 January 2010. Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 15 April 2015.

January 2001. Excavation.
Within medieval hall house to investigate central hearth. Contexts 1-17 used.
Hearth itself lost by time of excavation.
Medieval pottery and small amount of animal bone was recovered from underlying material.
See report (S5) for further details. The results of this work are also summarised in (S6).
J. Allen (NLA), 12 February 2002. Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 14 April 2015.

In addition to the house, a timber framed barn probably of 17th/18th century date was noted during the above survey. Proposals submitted in 2005 refer to a 'hovel' which was not seen by the writer; the drawings submitted suggest this also is an 18th century timber framed structure.
(S7) in file.
E. Rose (NLA), 5 January 2006.

Alterations to the barn windows have been planned in order to allow for a fire escape.
See (S8) for further details.
H. Hamilton (NLA), 11 June 2008.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Medieval to 19th Century - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)
  • FLOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • HALL HOUSE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • HEARTH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • HEARTH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POST HOLE (Medieval to 19th Century - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)
  • TIMBER FRAMED BUILDING (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • HOUSE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • TIMBER FRAMED BARN (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • ANIMAL REMAINS (Medieval to 19th Century - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)
  • POT (Medieval to 19th Century - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)
  • WALL PAINTING (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FLOOR TILE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • NAIL (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • TOBACCO PIPE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • WINDOW (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building
  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Photograph: Malthouse Farm, Gissing. Print.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. 1998. Building Report.. Building Report.
<S2>Photograph: JGL 14-29.
<S3>Article in Serial: Gurney, D. and Penn, K. (eds). 1999. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk 1998. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLIII Pt II pp 369-387. p 372.
<S4>Unpublished Contractor Report: Cumming, D. 1999. Historic Building Assessment for Malthouse Farm, Gissing, Norfolk. David Cumming Chartered Architect.
<S5>Unpublished Contractor Report: Bates, S. 2001. Report on an Archaeological Excavation at Malthouse Farm, Gissing. Norfolk Archaeological Unit. 572.
<S6>Article in Serial: Gurney, D. and Penn, K. (eds). 2002. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk, 2001. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLIV Pt I pp 162-177. p 167.
<S7>Illustration: Various. Various. Architectural plans.
<S8>Unpublished Document: 2011. Planning Application.

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