Record Details

NHER Number:26585
Type of record:Monument
Name:Old School, The Glasshouse and Saxon features, 11 to 13 Wensum Street

Summary

Building recording showed that the Old School retains most of its features and architectural style as originally built in 1890, that the ground and first floors of The Glasshouse are a rebuild, forming a partially timbered, jettied structure of 17th century date, with a 15th century basement. Evaluation revealed a building, undated but possibly Middle Saxon, and Late Saxon and later floors and pits.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TG 2327 0896
Map Sheet:TG20NW
Parish:NORWICH, NORWICH, NORFOLK

Full description

April-December 2001. Building Survey.
Recording of the Grade II listed Glasshouse and an adjacent former schoolhouse.
The recording describes the main complex as C17, raised in the C18 and with a C15 undercroft. Examination of the main complex revealed that the undercroft had barrel-vaulted extensions and blocked or disused former entries and stairways. Although it has been previously claimed that the original superstructure above the basement was destroyed in the Norwich fire of 1507, the recording suggests that the street front hall had survived at least in part. However, most of the ground and first floors were a rebuild, forming a partially-timbered, jettied structure of C17 date, set around a small courtyard. Alterations made in the C18 including insertion of windows and doors and increasing the height of the building by the addition of another storey. Recording of the old school revealed it to be a two-cell brick structure that had survived with minimal changes since it was designed and built in 1890 by local architect George J. Skipper.
See report (S3) for further details. The results of this work are summarised in (S4).
The associated archive has been deposited with the Norwich Castle Museum (NWHCM : 2017.427).
J. Allen (NLA), 11 March 2007. Amended by D. Holburn (HES), 26 September 2011 and P. Watkins (HES), 27 April 2019.

July-August 2001. Trial Trenching. Contexts 1-217.
Evaluation revealed a building, undated but possibly Middle Saxon, and other floors and pits from Late Saxon onwards.
Well preserved waterlogged deposits.
See report (S1) for further details. The results of this work are also summarised in (S2).
The associated archive has been deposited with the Norwich Castle Museum (NWHCM : 2017.499).
D. Gurney (NLA), 5 October 2001. Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 27 April 2019.

Monument Types

  • BUILDING (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • BUILDING (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • PIT (Late Saxon to Medieval - 851 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POST HOLE (Late Saxon to Medieval - 851 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BUILDING (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BUILDING (Medieval to 21st Century - 1066 AD to 2100 AD)
  • BASEMENT (14th Century to 21st Century - 1400 AD to 2100 AD)
  • COURTYARD (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • SHOP (19th Century to Mid 20th Century - 1850 AD to 1950 AD)

Associated Finds

  • POT (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • BRICK (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • TILE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • TIMBER DOG (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WHETSTONE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BRICK (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • TILE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Unpublished Contractor Report: Taylor, G. 2001. Archaeological Evaluation at 11-13 Wensum Street, Norwich, Norfolk. Archaeological Project Services. 117/01.
<S2>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 173.
<S3>Unpublished Contractor Report: Taylor, G. 2005. Building Survey of the Old School and the Glasshouse, 11-13 Wensum Street, Norwich, Norfolk. Archaeological Project Services. 113/05.
<S4>Article in Serial: Gurney, D. and Penn, K. 2006. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk in 2005. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLV Pt I pp 124-136. p 132.

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