Record Details

NHER Number:36536
Type of record:Building
Name:Mergate Farm

Summary

A timber framed building, dating mainly to the 16th and 17th centuries, but probably on the site of an earlier medieval building. Part of the house was used for hemp retting or paper manufacture in the 18th or 19th century.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TM 1846 9952
Map Sheet:TM19NE
Parish:BRACON ASH, SOUTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

December 2001.
Complex building.
Cross wing apparently 16th century with inserted upper floor, kitchen?
Main block of same date or earlier, first floor hall?
Extended, remodelled and reroofed, 17th century.
Attic floor supported on canted principals with late occurence of religious symbols.
19th century brick extensions.
Evidence of use for flax or paper manufactury in 18th/19th century.
See (S1). The observations made at this time are also summarised in (S2).
E. Rose (NLA), 3 January 2002.

Brief survey by Norfolk Historic Buildings Group suggests that the northeast outshut was used to store cheese on edge, and that part of the house was used as a schoolroom. See (S3).
E.Rose (NLA), 28 January 2003.

Monument Types

  • TIMBER FRAMED HOUSE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • LINEN OR FLAX MANUFACTURING SITE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • PAPER MILL (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • TIMBER FRAMED HOUSE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1050690.
---Illustration: Various. Various. Architectural plans.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, W. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. p 212.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. 2002. Building Report.. Building Report.
<S2>Article in Serial: Gurney, D. and Penn, K. (eds). 2003. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk, 2002. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLIV Pt II pp 368-384. p 369.
<S3>Unpublished Document: Brown, S. & Brown, M.. 2002. Building Report.. Building Report.

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