Record Details

NHER Number:1319
Type of record:Building
Name:Coal Barn


An 18th or 19th century brick and flint building on the quayside. The building was probably used for storing coal and other goods. The barn was used as a location for the BBC adaptation of Great Expectations filmed in 1998.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 7282 4411
Map Sheet:TF74SW

Full description

This building is labelled 'Coal Barn' on Bryant's 1826 map of Norfolk (S1).
See related newspaper articles (S2) to (S4) in file.
E. Rose (NAU)

May-November 2004. Norfolk Rapid Coastal Zone Archaeological Survey.
Inter-tidal survey (Environmental Zone 7), Context 1034:
A building located on the quayside, north of Thornham village, was recorded. It measured 12m by 7m and was built out of red brick (largely handmade), chalk blocks and flint. It was probably used for storing shipped goods, including coal, before further transport by road.
See assessment report (S5) for further details.
The associated archive has been deposited with the Norwich Castle Museum (NWHCM : 2017.421).
J. Allen (NLA), 15 April 2005. Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 20 July 2019.

Monument Types

  • BARN (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Miscellaneous. Thornham.
<S1>Map: Bryant, A.. 1826. Bryant's Map of Norfolk.
<S2>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1998. Norfolk meets all their expectations.. 23 November. p 3.
<S3>Newspaper Article: Lynn News. 1998. A Dickens of a transformation.. 27 November. p 3.
<S4>Newspaper Article: Lynn News. 1991. Old barn saved. 19 April.
<S5>Unpublished Contractor Report: Robertson, D., Crawley, P., Barker, A., and Whitmore, S. 2005. Norfolk Rapid Coastal Zone Archaeological Survey. Assessment Report and Updated Project Design. Norfolk Archaeological Unit. 1045.

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