Record Details

NHER Number:92
Type of record:Monument
Name:Medieval wells and site of Sir Thomas Browne's house, 3-5 Orford Place


In 1956 the digging of foundations for a shop for Lennards Shoes Ltd discovered four wells in an area of charcoal, seeds, pottery, daub and animal bones. The pottery dated to the 12th-15th century. It is also worth noting that this location is where Sir Thomas Browne's house once stood and the ceiling of the study of this property is in store at Strangers Hall.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 2301 0834
Map Sheet:TG20NW

Full description

1956. In digging foundations for shop for Lennards Shoes Ltd. Site of Sir Thomas Browne's house.
4 wells found in area of charcoal, seeds, pottery, daub and animal bones. Pottery 12th-15th century.
Well II contained 13th century glazed jug.
Well III contained late medieval glazed pottery.
Finds held by NCM.
For further details see file NCM.
R. R. Clarke (NCM).

See file for photograph (S1) of ceiling of around 1600 allegedly in Sir Thomas Browne's study; diagram by Feilden and Mawson of the location of the panels (S2); and early 20th century drawing (S3) with notes.
Ceiling believed to be now in store at Strangers Hall and at Octagon Court - see letter in file.
E. Rose (NLA) 28 October 1994.

Monument Types

  • WELL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • HOUSE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • ANIMAL REMAINS (Undated)
  • PLANT REMAINS (Undated)
  • ARCHITECTURAL FRAGMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • ARCHITECTURAL FRAGMENT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Archive: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Norwich - Post Roman.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Photograph: Tudor ceiling from Green's Ltd, Old Haymarket, Norwich.
<S2>Graphic material: Various. Various. Architectural plans..
<S3>Illustration: Green. 1928. Ancient Tudor ceiling.

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