Record Details

NHER Number:9132
Type of record:Building
Name:Besthorpe Hall and remains of 16th and 17th century gardens


Besthorpe Hall dates to around 1590 and was refronted in 1880. To the west of the house is a possible tilting ground where medieval jousting used to take place. This was probably constructed at the same time as the house. The walls and the rest of the garden are important examples of Mannerist garden design, and the tilting ground has also been interpreted as a 17th century terraced garden.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TM 0675 9541
Map Sheet:TM09NE

Full description

1560-90, largely refronted about 1880. Large tilting ground survives, and garden wall etc.
See (S1).
E. Rose (NAU), 9 October 1981.

See (S2) (1996) for replacing 19th century stack, in file.

Monument Types

  • POND (Undated)
  • MOAT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BANK (EARTHWORK) (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • BARN (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)
  • TILTYARD (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • WALL (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building
  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Serial: Blomefield, F. 1805. An Essay Towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk. Vol I. p 501.
---Monograph: Williamson, T.. 1998. Archaeology of the Landscape Park: Garden Design in Norfolk, England, c. 1680-1840.. BAR (British Series). Vol 268. pp 19-20.
---Unpublished Document: Norfolk County Council. [unknown]. Inventory of Historic Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in Norfolk..
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TM 09 NE 4 [3].
---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 204.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Post-Medieval. Besthorpe.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1992. [Photograph of Besthorpe Hall]. 12 June.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. Design for Besthorpe Hall.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. 1981. Building Report. Building Report.
<S2>Illustration: Various. Various. Architectural plans.

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