Record Details

NHER Number:7620
Type of record:Building
Name:Waterside Inn (formerly Maids Head Inn)


The mock-Tudor façade of this building covers a rendered timber framed structure built around 1500. The façade includes a painted wooden figure of an obscene wild man called 'Old John', astride a barrel and carrying a load on his shoulder.


  • The Waterside Inn is a timber framed building that dates back to about 1500  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service


Grid Reference:TM 2121 9801
Map Sheet:TM29NW

Full description

Mock-Tudor facade covers rendered timber frame of two storeys. Off-centre stack and 18th century gable stack. Wide chamfers and stepped stops on beams. One crown post roof truss, only small section polygonal base and shaft visible - was centre truss of two bay upper room. Arched braces and expanded topped posts. Around 1500.
Information from (S1).

Not mentioned on (S1), but noted by E. Rose (NAU), 22 January 1976; figure on bracket on facade, obscene ?wild man astride barrel and carrying load on shoulder, apparently of wood, recently painted, plinth labelled 'Old John'. Date? Origin? Still there 1982.
E. Rose (NAU), 28 September 1983.

November 2011. Planning Application.
Internal alterations at ground floor level to remove existing fireplaces and opening up of chimney to form link for rooms. Installation of new hearth and multi-fuel burner with connection to existing chimney stack.
See (S2)
Z. Dack (HES), 14 December 2011.

Monument Types

  • HOUSE (Medieval to 19th Century - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)
  • INN (Medieval to 19th Century - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)
  • TIMBER FRAMED HOUSE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • CARVING (Undated)
  • FIGURINE (Undated)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Illustration: Various. Various. Architectural plans.
---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 563.
---Photograph: Photographs of roof interior of Waterside Inn, formerly Maids Head Inn, Old Street, Newton Flotman. black and white.
---Recording Form: Heywood, S. 1998. Norfolk County Council Site Visit Record - Waterside Inn, Old Street, Newton Flotman.
<S1>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England.
<S2>Unpublished Document: 2011. Planning Application.

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