Record Details

NHER Number:3243
Type of record:Building
Name:The Bath House


A late 17th century garden building that was originally the focus of an avenue in Melton Constable Park. The original building may have been a 'standing' or a hunting tower, and has only been known as the Bath House since the 19th century. The building was Gothicised in the 18th century, perhaps by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, and arched Gothic windows and battlements were added.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 0273 3197
Map Sheet:TG03SW

Full description

Menagerie, kennels and bath house.
Seen only from roof of Hall, not in detail.
2-storeyed building; on east a half octagonal whitebrick bay projects from a red brick side wall. Windows pointed with small panes. Castellated. Central chimneys. Late 18th century?
(S1) marks this as the east end of a crescent-shaped building; perhaps it is a keepers house.
E. Rose (NAU), 29 October 1981.

According to NCC this building at southeast corner of menagerie range is in fact the bath house, converted to cottage. In fact 3 storeys, 3 bay bowed centre with flanking 2 storey single bays and 2 bay returns. Former bathroom ground floor with wooden cornice.
Listed Grade II but remainder of block not apparently listed. See (S2).
E. Rose, 28 January 1986.

S. Heywood (NCC) says that in his opinion this building is contemporary with the Hall, late 17th century and not 18th
century as listed, or Tudor as claimed by the Georgian Society.
E. Rose (NAU), 1 July 1988.

(S3) states that the building is shown in the Kip engraving of 1700.

(S4) states that this is a hunting tower of about 1670, ornamentalised by Brown in the 18th century.
E. Rose (NLA), 15 September 2000.

Architects plans and press cuttings in file.

Monument Types

  • BATH HOUSE (17th Century to 21st Century - 1650 AD to 2100 AD)
  • GARDEN BUILDING (17th Century to 21st Century - 1650 AD to 2100 AD)
  • HOUSE (17th Century to 21st Century - 1650 AD to 2100 AD)
  • HUNT STANDING (17th Century to 21st Century - 1650 AD to 2100 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1986. [Sale advertisement - Where 'Henry bathed Queen Anne' for The Bath House]. 10 October.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1982. Britain's bath-time heritage. 2 June.
---Aerial Photograph: TG 0231/ C, G, H.
---Illustration: Various. Various. Architectural plans.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N. and Wilson, B. 1997. Norfolk 1: Norwich and North-East. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. p 615.
---Photograph: Palfrey, I.. 1993. The Bath House, Melton Constable.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1989. Minister rejects bath house plan. 21 December.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2001. Great potential in bewitching setting. 25 May.
---Photograph: 1987. Photographic record of Bath House, Melton Constable Hall. Print.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Map: Ordnance Survey. 1824-1836. Ordnance Survey First Edition 1 inch..
<S2>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1373811.
<S3>Designation: English Heritage. Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England..
<S4>Monograph: Williamson, T.. 1998. Archaeology of the Landscape Park: Garden Design in Norfolk, England, c. 1680-1840.. BAR (British Series). Vol 268. pp 45, 107-108.

Related records

30472Part of: Melton Constable Park (Monument)
MNO2557Related to: The Bath House, Melton Constable Park MELTON CONSTABLE (Revoked)

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