Record Details

NHER Number:14164
Type of record:Building
Name:Martyr's Cottage (Old Bilney House)

Summary

Early 16th century timber-framed three-cell house with brick nogging, very ornate beams and later alterations. Excavations and investigations during restorations recovered large fragments of reused limestone carved blocks, a horse jaw (perhaps left as a charm), an early 16th century jetton, a reliquary in the form of a book and an early medieval fragment of pottery.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TF 9537 1929
Map Sheet:TF91NE
Parish:BEETLEY, BRECKLAND, NORFOLK

Full description

Early 16th century timber-framed three-cell house with very ornate beams. Later alterations.
Excavations and investigations during restorations in 1982 recovered large fragments of reused carved limestone blocks, a horse jaw (perhaps left as a charm), an early 16th century jetton, a reliquary in the form of a book and an early medieval fragment of pottery.
Restored in 1982 by [1].
See (S1).
E. Rose (NAU), 1982.

(S2) notes that one of the rooms in the house is much better beamed than the others. It is tentatively suggested that the building may be a guild house with a meeting room paid for by its members.
A. Cattermole (NLA), 8 January 2008.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Medieval to 19th Century - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)
  • GUILDHALL? (14th Century to 16th Century - 1400 AD? to 1539 AD?)
  • HOUSE (14th Century to 21st Century - 1400 AD to 2100 AD)
  • TIMBER FRAMED BUILDING (14th Century to 21st Century - 1400 AD to 2100 AD)

Associated Finds

  • ARCHITECTURAL FRAGMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • RELIQUARY (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • ANIMAL REMAINS (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • CEREMONIAL OBJECT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • TOKEN (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---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. p 317.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Slide: Various. Slide.
---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 1077364.
<S2>Unpublished Document: Yaxley, D. & Virgoe, N.. 1981. Martyr's Cottage, East Bilney. Building Report.. Building Report.

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