Record Details

NHER Number:14219
Type of record:Building
Name:The Manor House


A brick and tile building built during the late 17th century, with 18th century alterations.The building has an unusual cruciform brick vaulted cellar, with a large oven. A concrete pillbox from World War Two is disguised as a shed at the east end of the building, overlooking a road junction.


  • A World War Two pillbox concealed in a small building next to the Manor House, Acle  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service


Grid Reference:TG 4016 1056
Map Sheet:TG41SW

Full description

Corner High Street and Old Road. House of 3 bays, 2 storeys, brick, slightly chequered (ground floor of facade rendered). String course between floors. Traces of a narrower blocked window on upper floor. Wall plate visible along eaves. Georgian classical doorcase. Chimney, probably later, against southeast gable. Probably a late 17th century house altered in 18th century.
See (S2).
E. Rose (NAU) 15 November 1978.

May 1979.
See (S3) in file revealing original mullioned window? now sealed by roof of penthouse, and remarkable brick vaulted cellar, cruciform, with oven from which a vent rises apparently to the main fireplace. House now sold to different owner.

See (S4) which reports a concrete machine gun post at east end to control road junction in World War II, disguised as shed.
See (S5).
D. Gurney (NLA), 17 November 1996.

The World War Two remains around Acle constitute a system of national importance.
See (S1).
D. Gurney (NLA), 27 December 2001.

Monument Types

  • MANOR (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • UNDERCROFT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • PILLBOX (World War Two - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1979--1981. [Articles on the restoration work at The Manor House, Acle].
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1988. Manor House award winner. 15 January.
---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1996. TG 4010H.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N. and Wilson, B. 1997. Norfolk 1: Norwich and North-East. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. p 358.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Photograph: BDD 2.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Council for British Archaeology. 2001. Defence of Britain Project: Acle (Defence Area 3)..
<S2>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1051480.
<S3>Unpublished Document: NARG. 1979. Building Survey.
<S4>Monograph: Wills, H.. 1985. Pillboxes: a study of UK defences, 1940. p 58.
<S5>Unpublished Document: 1995. Norfolk Defensive Structures Survey.

Related records - none

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