Record Details

NHER Number:2717
Type of record:Building
Name:Hilborough Hall


A late 18th century mansion of gault brick with stone dressings. The main block is almost square, and the main façade of five bays has a pediment over the central three bays. The lower storey has rusticated quoins. The interior of the Hall has fine examples of fireplaces and plasterwork designed by Robert Adam. During the 19th century the Hall was the home of the Duke of Wellington.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 8276 0030
Map Sheet:TF80SW

Full description

1779 and later.
Gault brick, stone dressings, slate roof.
Main block nearly square plan with lower extensions to side and rear. 3 storeys and cellar. Entrance facade 5 bays of sash windows with skewback arches. Top storey smaller. 3 centre bays slightly advanced and pedimented. Rusticated ground floor quoins and stone platbands. Semicircular headed doorway with rusticated surround and fanlight, flanked by narrow sashes. Balustraded windows above in Holkham fashion and straight hoodmould in wider central window. Prominent dentilled cornice. East facade 3 bays with later rectangular bay to centre. Balustraded first floor window. Rear facade 4 bays with central roof.
2 storey west service wing, and sympathetic modern rear extension.
Fine Adam plasterwork and fireplaces.
Information from (S1), Grade II* 1986.

Duke of Wellington lived here in 1850.
E. Rose (NAU) 4 April 1986.

Also listed is former stables, 18th century brick and flint, pedimented central structure with 3 semicircular arches filled with ventilation slats. Central clockface and bellcote. Flanking wings now garages. Also weatherboarded 19th century sawmill with chimney.
These buildings are grade II, see (S1).
E. Rose (NAU) 4 April 1986.

For stable block formerly under this number now see NHER 32760.

Monument Types

  • CELLAR (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • GREAT HOUSE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TF8200 K-U,X-Z,AB,AC.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1985. [Sale advertisement for The Hillborough Estate]. 6 September.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1985. Mantraps attract brisk bidding in hall sale. 23 October.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, W. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. p 400.
---Directory: Christie's on the premises. 1985. Hilborough Hall.
---Photograph: 1996. Stables to Hillbrough Hall. Print.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England.

Related records

30511Parent of: Hilborough Park (Monument)
32760Related to: Icknield Lodge (formerly Gardener's Cottage), Coach House and stables (Building)

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