Record Details

NHER Number:32887
Type of record:Building
Name:18 Bentley Road

Summary

This timber framed house dates to the medieval or post medieval period. It may have been built as a hall house during the late 15th or early 16th centuries. The upper floor was possibly inserted around 1600, with major renovation work carried out during the later 17th century. Important and complex ritual features include post medieval wall paintings on a chimneystack, painted crosses on ceiling beams and objects found above a ceiling and in the back of a fireplace.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TM 1424 9394
Map Sheet:TM19SW
Parish:FORNCETT, SOUTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

18 Bentley Road, Forncett End.
Timber framed house, perhaps originally a hall house on cross passage plan. Upper floor possibly inserted in about 1600. Major renovation in later 17th century when firehood replaced by chimneystack, screens passage infilled with stairs and rooms, attic level altered. Imported 16th/17th century painted text. Inserted panelling. 19th century subdivision.
Many ritual deposits.
See full details (S1) in file.
E. Rose (NLA), 2 September 1997.

The house has one of the most complex series of ritual deposits and markings found in Norfolk in recent years.
Post medieval wall paintings on a chimneystack, painted crosses on ceiling beams.
Nine pieces of flint found above a ceiling. Scythe blades, pieces of iron and bones in the back of a fireplace.
See (S2).
E. Rose (NLA), 3 November 1997.

December 2005.
The building has been restored.
See (S3).
D. Robertson (NLA), 8 December 2005.

2009. Building survey.
It is suggested that the house was first built in the sixteenth century with a floored hall and was updated in the seventeenth century. The backhouse was probably added at the same time. Dendrochronology gave a felling date range of 1550-1560.
See (S4) and (S5) for further details,
H. White, (NLA), 4 February 2010

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds

  • CEREMONIAL OBJECT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • CEREMONIAL OBJECT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • CEREMONIAL OBJECT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • INSCRIBED OBJECT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • SCYTHE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • WALL PAINTING (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • WORKED OBJECT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • WORKED OBJECT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Photograph: HQS 1-12.
---Scheduling record: English Heritage. List of Buildings of Historical and Architectural Interest.
---Graphic material: Various. Various. Architectural plans..
---Article in serial: Gurney, D. and Penn, K. (eds). 1998. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk 1997. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLIII Pt I pp 193-210. p 197.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Unpublished document: Rose, E.. 1997. Building Report.
<S2>Unpublished document: Rose, E.. 1997. Footnote to building report.
<S3>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2005. Property page. 21 October.
<S4>Monograph: Longcroft, A., Brown, S. & Forrest, R.. 2009. The Tacolneston Project, a study of historic buildings in the Claylands of South Norfolk.. Volume 4.
<S5>Unpublished document: Ash, M, Mackie, K, Brown, M and Brwon, S. 2008. NHBG report. Building survey of 18 Bentley Road, Forncett.

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