Record Details

NHER Number:26037
Type of record:Building
Name:Bishop Salmon's Porch, The Close


The remaining two storey stone east porch of Bishop Salmon's Palace, which was built in the early 14th century and demolished in the 17th century.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 23500 09018
Map Sheet:TG20NW

Full description

February 1954. Listed, Grade II*.
Porch to former hall. Early 14th century (1325). Stone, two storeys, the top storey partly ruinous. Two open bays.
East façade: two centre arch having two orders of grouped mouldings and damaged attached shafts with foliated capitals. Flanking statue niches. Two-light window above arch with side blind arches.
Steep arches north and south openings with two orders of grouped mouldings on attached shafts with foliated capitals; ogee-headed niche to left and right of west doorway. Tierceron vaulting with carved bosses.
Remains of heavy blind arcading over west archway.
Information from (S1).

See schedule (S2), press cutting (S3) and report (S4) in file

October 2007
Scheduled monument consent granted regarding the consolidation of cracked masonary to the north- east buttress and pinning a detached portion of moulding of the north jamb of the east entrance.
See (S5)
H. White (NLA) 22 January 2009

July 2008.
Scheduled monument consent granted regarding the consolidation of the east elevation stonework.
See (S5) for further details
H. White (NLA) 9 January 2008

July 2008.
Added to the English Heritage buildings at risk register.
See (S6) for further details,
H. White, (NLA), 13 April 2010.

Proposals to erect a new roof over the monuments.
See Design and Access Statement (S7) and for further details and copies of measured survey drawings. See also newspaper article (S8).
Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 19 October 2015.

Monument Types

  • BISHOPS PALACE (14th Century to 17th Century - 1325 AD to 1676 AD)
  • GATEHOUSE (14th Century to 21st Century - 1325 AD to 2100 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building
  • Scheduled Monument

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TG 20 NW 1.6.
---Article in Serial: Renn, D. F. 1960. The Anglo-Norman Keep, 1066-1138. Journal of the British Archaeological Association. Third Series Vol XXIII pp 1-23.
---Article in Serial: Whittingham, A. B. 1951. Report of the Summer Meeting of the Institute at Norwich, 1949. Part II. Norwich: Cathedral, Churches, and Religious and Charitable Foundations: The Monastic Buildings of Norwich Cathedral, and the Bishop's Palace. The Archaeological Journal. Vol CVI pp 86-87.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1051329.
<S2>Designation: [unknown]. Ancient Monuments Form. SAM Record. DNF279.
<S3>Newspaper Article: Eastern Evening News. 1989. [unknown]. 6 November.
<S4>Unpublished Document: Carter, A.. Building Survey.
<S5>Designation: DCMS. [?]-2016. Scheduled Monument Consent. SAM Consent. DNF595.
<S6>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2008. Several newcomers to heritage at risk register. 10 July.
<S7>Unpublished Document: Sunter, N. 2013. Design and Access Statement. Bishop Salmon's Porch, Norwich.
<S8>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2013. Hall ruins to be protected from weather. 6 April.

Related records

Site 377Parent of: Bishop Salmon's Porch, The Close (Monument)
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Mon 1459Parent of: Cathedral Precinct (Monument)
Mon 228Parent of: Porch of Bishop Salmon's Hall (Monument)
MNO8088Related to: Bishop Salmon's Porch The Close NORWICH (Revoked)

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