Record Details

NHER Number:4701
Type of record:Building
Name:Porch Farm

Summary

This 16th century farmhouse is built from flint and brick with an off centre porch. It has been restored to be a private house but was mentioned in 1900 as the ruins of the priest's house. Fascinatingly, this house was found to have a hidden room during restoration. The other notably features are the original floorboards and doors inside the property.

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Location

Grid Reference:TG 2716 0174
Map Sheet:TG20SE
Parish:PORINGLAND, SOUTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

24 July 1974. Site visit by E. Rose (NAU).
Flint and brick with off-centre porch, three storied to roof level, with small blocked square hole over door. (S1) says windows once had mullions. Now restored as private house. 16th century in date.
E. Rose (NAU).

Hidden room discovered in restoration.
Referred to in about 1900 as 'a ruinous old house southeast of church, probably the priest's house.'

M. Atkin (NCM) noted reused 14th - 16th century mouldings; staircase at each end; interior of roof had sharply-angled wind braces, late 16th/early 17th partly rebuilt late 17th/18th century.
E. Rose (NAU).

Listed building description dates to late 16th century and mentions cross passage behind porch with studwork partitions; kitchen with large fireplace in stone surround. Tongue stopped bridging beams. Similar fireplace, altered in lounge.
Winding stairs by both stacks in gables with octagonal newels, original floorboards and doors. Roof of tiebeams,
diminished principals, clasped purlins, windbracing. Windows and porch are framed in stone.
Listed as Grade II* (S2).
E. Rose (NLA) 16 February 1999.

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds

  • ARCHITECTURAL FRAGMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 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 591.
<S1>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2002. Centuries-old home with office faculties. 15 March.
<S2>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1373181.

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