Record Details

NHER Number:6090
Type of record:Building
Name:Shadwell Court


An 18th century house that was altered by John Soane in 1789 and extensively remodelled by Blore and Teulon in the 19th century, in the Gothic Revival style. The house has a central cruciform music room and an ornate entrance tower. Cropmarks of garden features are visible on aerial photographs.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TL 9286 8309
Map Sheet:TL98SW

Full description

Complex country house, built by Mr. Buxton who died in 1731.
Rebuilt in 1840 to 1842 By Edward Blore and in 1856 to 1860 by Teulon, in Gothic Revival style.
Central tower over entrance with elaborate ogee arch and oriel windows.
Gabled wings with varied fenestration, and pinnacles.
Interior of house dominated by cruciform music hall, with large stained glass window.
Excellent quality of interior carving.
See (S1).

(S2) dates it to 1720.
E. Rose (NAU) 12 January 1981.

(S3) notes alterations by Soane 1789, and says the 1843 architect was Blore, the 1856 building was by Teulon under Buxton.
However (S3)'s statement that nothing survives of the pre 1856 house except a fireplace is shown to be wrong by (S4)'s photograph, which shows how the 1843 building remains as one side of the present ensemble.
(S5) states there were further alterations by Green in around 1900.
In Hatfield House is a 'pair of gloves left behind by Queen Elizabeth I on a visit to Shadwell Lodge, Norfolk'. If correct, does this indicate a 16th century house on site, or does it refer to site NHER 6088?
E. Rose (NAU) June 1981.

13 May 1994. NLA air photography.
Photos showing great house and service buildings etc built around courtyard.
Cropmarks of garden features are clearly visible.
S. Massey, (NLA) 6 February 2001.

Monument Types

  • COUNTRY HOUSE (18th Century to 21st Century - 1720 AD to 2100 AD)
  • GREAT HOUSE (18th Century to 21st Century - 1720 AD to 2100 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building
  • Listed Building
  • Listed Building
  • Listed Building
  • Listed Building
  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TL9283 D-G, J, K.
---Aerial Photograph: TL 9283 M-U.
---Illustration: Various. Various. Architectural plans.
---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1996. TL 9283V-AA; TL 9282A.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1998. [Article on Shadwell Court being listed in the Save Britain's Heritage annual report]. 18 February.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1982. [Photograph of Shadwell Court].
---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. pp 217-218, 638-640; Pl 112, Pl 113.
---Photograph: Shadwell Court, Misc photos. Print.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Publication: 1856. The Builder.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Post-Medieval. Brettenham.
<S1>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1076940.
<S2>Documentary Source: Martin, T. c. 1700-1799. Collections of Church Notes. Norfolk Records Office.
<S3>Monograph: Pevsner, N. 1962. North-West and South Norfolk. The Buildings of England. 1st Edition. p 97.
<S4>Monograph: Girouard, M.. 1980. Life in the English Country House: a social and architectural history.
<S5>Directory: Kelly, E.. Kelly's Directory for Norfolk..

Related records

55691Parent of: Brewery north of Shadwell Court (Building)
55692Parent of: Clock tower to north of Shadwell Court (Building)
55693Parent of: Fountain in court to north of Shadwell Court (Building)
55694Parent of: Game larder to north of Shadwell Court (Building)
29732Parent of: Hydraulic ram (Monument)
29364Parent of: Icehouse and garden features (Monument)
29366Parent of: Shadwell Park (Monument)
29363Parent of: Site of icehouse (Monument)
29365Parent of: Site of icehouse (Monument)
55695Parent of: Stable ranges to north of Shadwell Court (Building)
29368Parent of: The Lodge (Building)
MNO6685Related to: Brewery to N of Shadwell Court Shadwell Park BRETTENHAM (Revoked)
MNO6684Related to: Clock Tower to N of Shadwell Court Shadwell Park BRETTENHAM (Revoked)
MNO6687Related to: Fountain in court to N of Shadwell Court Shadwell Park BRETTENHAM (Revoked)
MNO6686Related to: Game Larder N of Shadwell Court Shadwell Park BRETTENHAM (Revoked)
MNO6678Related to: Shadwell Court BRETTENHAM (Revoked)
MNO6688Related to: Two Stable Ranges N & NW of Shadwell Court BRETTENHAM (Revoked)
MNO6689Related to: Wall to garden 250 yds. SE of Shadwell Court BRETTENHAM (Revoked)

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