Record Details

NHER Number:17205
Type of record:Building
Name:The Orangery, Letheringsett Park


An 18th or 19th century ruined orangery and possible icehouse located in Letheringsett Park (NHER 44219). In 1880 the building had backing wall with a central bay and two wings in front. The bay and wings were glazed; the glazing is now all gone, leaving only the plinth walls, paving, the backing wall, decorative features and header tank that supplies a fountain (NHER 42796). To the rear of the backing wall is a lean-to and two cellars. The western cellar has been interpreted as an icehouse.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 0634 3899
Map Sheet:TG03NE

Full description

Icehouse. In block of sheds backing onto greenhouse.
Information from Norfolk Industrial Archaeology Society.
E. Rose (NAU), 1 May 1981.

The icehouse is contained within one wing of a large ruined orangery which formerly had a glass house to the south and a central archway between the rear wings; this area was later infilled. Date uncertain, 18th/19th century.
(S1) and (S2) in file.
E. Rose (NLA), 21 December 2005.

For further details of the building, such as the header tanks for the fountain and the Cozens-Hardy coat of arms, see (S3) in file.
E. Rose (NLA), 13 March 2006.

April 2006. Located in Letheringsett Park (NHER 44219), at some distance from the Hall (NHER 6521).
In 1880 the orangery was a greenhouse had to two wings and a central bay against a flint and brick backing wall. The glazing has now all gone, leaving only cemented plinth walls, paving, the backing wall and decorative features.
To the rear of the backing wall is a slate roofed pentise.
There are cellars at both the east and west ends, with access doors to the rear of the backing wall. The cellar at the west end is the structure interpreted as an icehouse above.
Information from (S2).

There is a header tank inside the arch of the central section which supplies water to a fountain (NHER 42796).
Information from (S3). See also (S4).
D. Robertson (NLA), 4 April 2006.

Monument Types

  • CELLAR (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • ICEHOUSE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • ORANGERY (17th Century to 19th Century - 1700 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status


Sources and further reading

---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1986. Spotlight on elegant estate. 29 March.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Photograph: Rose, E.. 2005. LMZ. 31-35.
<S2>Unpublished Document: Rose, E. (NLA). 2005. Building Report.. Building Report.
<S3>Unpublished Contractor Report: Creasey, A. J. 2006. Condition Survey of Existing Structure, Fountain Water Supply System and other Significant Historic Features associated with the Building including Proposals for Conservation. The Conservatory, Top Lawn Garden, Letheringsett Hall, Holt, Norfolk. Fisher & Sons Ltd.
<S4>Drawing: Various. Various. Architectural plans.

Related records

44219Part of: Letheringsett Park (Monument)
6519Related to: 19th and 20th century hydraulic rams (Building)
42796Related to: Fountain in the grounds of Letheringsett Hall (Building)

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