Record Details

NHER Number:31969
Type of record:Monument
Name:Congham Hall Park

Summary

This 25 acre historic parkland is known as The Lawn and The Pasture. It was ornamentalised between 1814 and 1838. Parts of the pleasure grounds and the walled garden still remain. The Pasture has been a cricket ground since 1946.

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Location

Grid Reference:TF 7099 2295
Map Sheet:TF72SW
Parish:CONGHAM, WEST NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

Congham Hall (NHER 3605) was erected between 1794 and 1812 when a small area of land (25 acres) was set aside to create a rectangular parkland landscape. (S3) shows that some of the plantation was held by the manor of Congham but by (S4), enclosure had caused extensive re-arrangement of land ownership. This included ‘the lawn’ and ‘the pasture’ which were laid out by 1814; part utilising existing pasture and plantations. The plantation to the east of the pasture seems to have been largely removed by (S4). Only minor changes were made to the estate between 1838 and 1890, as shown on (S5). By (S6) the eastern area of the park was under arable cultivation and the plantations on the west and north-west appear to have been thinned but this could be a difference of representation between (S5) and (S6).
The former straight drive and rectangular enclosures around the house were altered to create a curved drive, pleasure grounds and garden between 1814 and 1838. The Gardener’s Cottage was built in the south-western corner of the park between 1883 and 1904. Remnants of the pleasure ground are still visible (S1). ‘The Pasture’ to the east may have been under arable cultivation in the early twentieth century, but was converted to a cricket pitch in about 1946.
The estate was sold in 1946 to Colonel Hancock, who was responsible for extensive alterations and additions to the house. The majority of the former lawn and pasture are maintained as grassland but areas to the north-west and north-east of the hall are now orchards. Very little free-standing timber now exists in the former Pasture and Lawn. An unpollarded oak of 6m girth lies in the former eastern pasture.
See (S1) for full details.See (S2), (S3), (S4), (S5) and (S6) for further details.
E. Rose (NLA), 30 August 1996.
Updated by E.Nicholl (UEA), 8 November 2011

Monument Types

  • GARDEN WALL (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • PARK (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • ORCHARD (Modern - 1901 AD to 2050 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

<S1>Unpublished document: Norfolk County Council. Inventory of Historic Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in Norfolk..
<S2>Scheduling record: English Heritage. Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England..
<S3>Map: Browne, J.. 1812. Congham Enclosure Map.
<S4>Map: 1838. Congham Tithe Award Map.
<S5>Map: Ordnance Survey, First Edition, 6 Inch. 1879-1886. Ordnance Survey 1st Edition 6 inch map..
<S6>Map: Ordnance Survey. 1902-7. Ordnance Survey 25 inch 2nd edition (revised 1902-7).

Related records

3605Part of: Congham Hall (Building)

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