Record Details

NHER Number:9277
Type of record:Monument
Name:Melton Hall


The ruins of this post medieval great house and associated dovecote stand here. The house was built in the early 17th century, had an E-shaped plan and was extended during the 18th or 19th centuries. In the late 19th century the house was abandoned and allowed to fall into disrepair. All that remains are overgrown ruins. To the southwest of the remains of the house is an 18th century brick dovecote.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 1356 0630
Map Sheet:TG10NW

Full description

Dated 1611, almost totally destroyed.
E. Rose (NAU).

E-plan with angle turret! Remains of canted east bay. 18th century brick and octagonal dovecote to southwest.
Information from (S1).
E. Rose (NAU).

Photograph ofabout 1865 (S2) in file shows house was indeed E shaped. The angle turrets were on the corners of the wings. Each wing has a canted bay in its end wall and a dormer in a hipped roof above. Porch has pedimented entrance and first floor window, but most odd hipped attic storey. Two bays to each side of porch, the outer bay in each case projecting, but not as far as the wings. End and rear chimneystacks. This suggests the house of 1611 had its upper storey altered and bay windows added at a later date - the windows not in the canted bays are wooden cross.
To the right of the photograph is a very large extension, 18th/19th century.
E. Rose (NLA), 4 January 1993.

See notes in file by member of the public [1] that hall was abandoned in late 19th century after plans to modernise it came to nothing; and story of tunnel to an outbuilding.
E. Rose (NLA), 1 February 1993.

22 July 1993. NLA aerial photography.
Photographs taken of grounds of Melton Hall - dovecote and parts of ruined hall are visible.
S. Massey (NLA), 31 January 2001.

Inspection. January 2014
Dovecote. Octagonal brick building with conical plain tile roof and a glover at peak covered with a pyramidal roof. The glover has open sides which may have been filled originally with dove holes. Original door at one side blocked and an other doorway inserted opposite. The upper level of the brick nesting boxes have been removed and blocked up probably in order to consolidate the structure. The glover has been closed off with boards.
S. Heywood (HES). 27th January 2014

Monument Types

  • TUNNEL (Unknown date)
  • GREAT HOUSE (Post Medieval - 1611 AD to 1880 AD)
  • DOVECOTE (Post Medieval - 1700 AD to 1880 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building
  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TG 1306 S-U.
---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1995. TG1306/V - Y.
---Oblique Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1996. TG 1306AD - AE.
---Archive: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TG 10 NW 8.
---Directory: Gunn, J.. 1883. White's History, Gazetteer and Directory of Norfolk. 4th Edition.
---Correspondence: South Norfolk Council. 1993. Great Melton Old Hall.. 7 January.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
---Archive: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Post-Medieval. Melton (Great).
<S1>Scheduling record: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England.
<S2>Photograph: About 1965. Great Melton Hall.

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