Record Details

NHER Number:22397
Type of record:Building
Name:Denton House and garden buildings


This pre 19th century house has several interesting buildings in its garden including a grotto built in 1770. The grotto was later extended and decorated with shells and corals collected from the Great Barrier Reef. There is also a fake ruin built reusing a Perpendicular style window from a church and another building built out of bamboo and tree trunks that is sometimes called the pagoda or the Hermit's House.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TM 28492 86962
Map Sheet:TM28NE

Full description

House (of unknown date - not yet visited) has staircase 'reputed' to have come from Leeds Castle, Kent. Distant photograph suggests that exterior of house is 19th century. In gardens a grotto, called the best in the county by (S1), of flintand 'plenty of other materials'. Tripartite front with pointed arches and date 1770 in black letter in pedimental gable. Round room with round skylight and eight round piers in a circle. Decoration in shells and mirrors. Mock ruin using 15th century Perpendicular church window. A pagoda mentioned in the (S2) was not mentioned by (S1).
Details from (S1) and sale advertisement in (S3).
E. Rose 26 March 1986.

See 1880 plan in grounds filed under NHER 23495. Architect for restoration in 1987, reports mock ruin is still there. He thinks the 'pagoda' is a small building of knotty tree trunks and bamboo to its east, nowadays known as the Hermits House.
E. Rose (NAU), 29 June 1987.

(S4) states that although the grotto is dated 1770, the circular chamber is said to be a later addition decorated with shells and corals collected by Stockhouse Thompson from the Great Barrier Reef; there are also fossils and mirrors. The sham ruin is Listed separately as early 19th century with 15th century window as stated above. The house is not listed but must be pre 19th century in origin as it is shown as a Gentleman’s Seat by (S5).
E. Rose (NLA), 7 December 2005.

July 2008.
Proposed modifications to existing access, erection of gates and walls and new driveway.
See (S6) for further information
H. White (NLA) 7 January 2009

Monument Types

  • FOLLY (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • GARDEN HOUSE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • GREAT HOUSE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • GROTTO (Post Medieval to Modern - 1770 AD to 2050 AD)

Associated Finds

  • ARCHITECTURAL FRAGMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building
  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Graphic material: Various. Various. Architectural plans..
---Unpublished document: 2012. Planning application..
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Serial: Pevsner, N.. The Buildings of England..
<S2>Publication: Chambers, J. 1829. A General History of the County of Norfolk, intended to convey all the information of a Norfolk Tour. Vol II.
<S3>Publication: March 1986. Period Home. 2.
<S4>Scheduling record: English Heritage. List of Buildings of Historical and Architectural Interest.
<S5>Publication: Faden, W. and Barringer, J. C. 1989. Faden's Map of Norfolk in 1797.
<S6>Unpublished document: Curtis, R R. 2008. Design and Access Statement, Modifications to Existing Access, Erection of Gates, Walls and New Driveway.

Related records

MNO9894Related to: Grotto in Garden of and to West of Denton House Denton Hill DENTON (Revoked)

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