Record Details

NHER Number:13643
Type of record:Building


A 17th century rendered timber framed house, re-roofed and extended in 1640, according to the plaster date on the rear wall. It has 18th and 20th century extensions and repairs. A 17th century wall painting of a three-masted ship was discovered in an upstairs room during restoration work in the 1970s.

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Grid Reference:TF 9863 2113
Map Sheet:TF92SE

Full description

November 1978. Visit.
Photographs (S1) in file.
17th century house. Original window discovered during renovations. Wallpainting of three-masted ship revealed in cupboard (former alcove) in upstairs room.
Information from [1] and P. Wade-Martins (NAU).
E. Rose (NAU), 22 November 1978.

West gable of 17th century brick, south wall appears clay lump; ridge between floors.
(S2) states that there is a date of 1640 at the rear; the house originally had three rooms, and has a fine early 17th century collar and windbrace roof.
E. Rose, 21 July 1980.

Interior visited by E. Rose (NAU) and C. Lewis (GYM).
Beamwork (upper arch-braced tie beams) suggest originally a 16th century date. The wallpainting is very similar to the graffitti (mid-16th century) in Salthouse church. Wall painting identified as of a 17th century ship by C. Lewis (GYM). See (S3).
Thetford Ware found in garden (informant [1]).

August 1984. Listed, Grade II.
Listing Description:
House. C16, re-roofed and extended in 1640 according to plaster date on rear wall. Important C18 and C20 extensiomand repairs. Rendered timberframe with one colourwashed brick gable-end and pantile roof. 2 storeys with attic. Facade with irregular fenestration. 2 C18 3-light first floor windows with metal casements. 2 3-light C19 ground floor casements. Modern off-centre front door. 2 sloping dormers with metal casements. Date incised in recess above back door which has a simple gabled hood. One C18 or early C19 3-light window with metal casement. Brick gable-end probably belongs to 1640 remodelling. Later extensions to side and rear not of special interest. Remains of 3 roof trusses of heavy scantling suggesting a C16 date with ties and some surviving arched braces. Roof, probably of 1640, of about 7 bays with collars, double sets of butt purlins and windbracing. Painting in a cupboard of a ship, probably C17 (Norfolk Archaeology. XXXVII, 1981). One room with C18 raised and fielded panelling and an eared fire surround.
Information from (S4).

The main range of the house is timber-framed. It was almost certainly built as a three-cell house, but the eastern cell has been removed and a single storey kitchen put in its place. There is a large central room with a massive bearer-joist running longitudinally from the hearth to an odd position over the doorway to the western cell. The room next to the street was modernised in the 18th century. The roadside gable is brick and dates from the 17th century.
See (S2) for further details.
A. Cattermole (NLA), 4 January 2007.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • HOUSE (16th Century to 21st Century - 1600 AD to 2100 AD)

Associated Finds

  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • WALL PAINTING (16th Century to 17th Century - 1600 AD to 1699 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---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 571.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. Older properties with fine original character.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1992. [Sale advertisement for Cornerways House, North Elmham]. 19 June.
<S1>Photograph: SV (2) 5-8, BPP 4-5.
<S2>Monograph: Wade-Martins, P. with Yaxley, D.. 1980. Excavations in North Elmham Park 1967-1972.. East Anglian Archaeology Report. Vol IX, parts 1 and 2. p 618.
<S3>Article in Serial: Rose, E. 1981. A Wallpainting of a Ship at North Elmham. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XXXVIII Pt I p 93. p 93.
<S4>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1306179.

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