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.


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


Grid Reference:TM 1173 7997
Map Sheet:TM17NW

Full description

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 (S1) and (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. Photograph of Dolphin House. 11 February.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1989. Photograph of Dolphin House. 14 August. 2.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1990. Photograph of Dolphin House. 13 February.
<S1>Scheduling record: English Heritage. List of Buildings of Historical and Architectural Interest.
<S2>Unpublished document: Rose, E.. 1989. Building Report..

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