Record Details

NHER Number:12021
Type of record:Building
Name:Dolphin House, Church Street/Market Place


A grand timber-framed building, built in the early 16th century. The house has an ornate aisled hall on the first floor, perhaps used by a merchant. It was formerly the Dolphin Inn. Main building listed Grade II*. A single-storey wing of similar age to the north-east (known as Dolphin Cottage) is listed Grade II and recorded separately as NHER 48357.


  • Dolphin Public House, Diss.  © Courtesy of Norfolk County Council Library and Information Service.


Grid Reference:TM 1173 7997
Map Sheet:TM17NW

Full description

December 1950. Listed, Grade II*.
Listing Description:
Dolphin House:
Early 16th century, two-storey and attic, timber framed. Pantiles. Overhang on north. Moulded and carved beams, prick base. Part with cellar. North-east corner and one-storey wing against north-east corner, known as No 23 Church Street and Dolphin Cottage.
Information from (S1).
P. Watkins (HES), 13 March 2019.

Dolphin Cottage (the one-storey wing against the north-east corner of Dolphin House) was separately listed Grade II in 1972 and is recorded separately as NHER 48357.
P. Watkins (HES), 13 March 2019.

Timber framed 15th/16th-century building with jettied north gable.
Ground floor is typical 16th century three cell plan of services, hall and parlour.
Unusual raised aisled hall on first floor, possibly used by a rich merchant to display their wares, as in Norwich and Kings Lynn. Jettied rooms at the north end may have formed a private suite of family rooms. An attic floor was inserted at a later date.
Formerly the Dolphin Inn.
See report (S2).
E. Rose (NAU) 4 December 1989.

Monument Types

  • AISLED BUILDING (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • HALL HOUSE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • TIMBER FRAMED BUILDING (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • AISLED BUILDING (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • HOUSE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • TIMBER FRAMED BUILDING (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1986. [Article on the Dolphin House]. 11 February.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1989-1990. [Photographs of Dolphin House].
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TM 17 NW 30.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, W. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. pp 300-301.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---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 1373524.
<S2>Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. 1989. Building Report.. Building Report.

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48357Related to: Dolphin Cottage (Building)

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