Record Details

NHER Number:55942
Type of record:Building
Name:The Octagon, Hunstanton Hall


This carstone garden building dates from around 1640. It is surrounded by a moat, and has also been interpreted as a banqueting house.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 6917 4163
Map Sheet:TF64SE

Full description

Previously recorded under NHER 1117.

Garden building built around 1640 for Sir Hamon Le Strange. possibly by William Edge, stonemason, then engaged by Sir Roger Townshend at Raynham Hall. Squared, coursed carstone with galletting, cut stone details moulded and rubble brick, 20th century flat roof in temporary materials. Octagonal on plan, single storey with a classical frontispiece. Cut stone frontispiece entrance occupying a whole bay with stone plinth, smooth drafted rustication above.
Information from (S1).

March 1981. Site visit.
Semi-derelict, but ceiling intact. Known as the Music Room.
E. Rose (NAU).

October 1991. Site visit.
Moat around Octagon is dry and under derelict woodland. The building has been vandalised but has since been restored.
H. Paterson (NLA), October 1991.

(S2) suggests this is a banqueting house of around 1655.
See also (S3).
E. Rose, 1 February 2003.

Monument Types

  • GARDEN BUILDING (17th Century to 21st Century - 1640 AD to 2100 AD)
  • MOAT (17th Century to 21st Century - 1640 AD? to 2100 AD)
  • BANQUETING HOUSE? (17th Century to 21st Century - 1655 AD? to 2100 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TF6941 A,B,G-L (AAF), M,Q,S,Z-AC (Unit).
---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1996. TF6941/AD - AQ; TF6842/G.
---Illustration: Various. Various. Architectural plans.
---Vertical Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1967. OS/67069 093-4 26-APR-1967.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1993-1997. [Articles about the Octagon at Hunstanton Hall].
---Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, W. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. p 440.
---Photograph: [Unknown]. [unknown]. Photographs of The Octagon, Hunstanton Hall.. Norfolk County Council Conservation Team. film. black and white print.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Photograph: BDE18,SC(2)1-2.
---Photograph: [anonymous]. 2017. Photographs of The Octagon, Hunstanton Hall.. Norfolk County Council Conservation Team. Digital. jpeg.
<S1>Designation: Historic England. National Heritage List for England.
<S2>Monograph: Williamson, T.. 1998. Archaeology of the Landscape Park: Garden Design in Norfolk, England, c. 1680-1840.. BAR (British Series). Vol 268. p 252.
<S3>Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. 2003. Building Report. Hunstanton Hall.. Building Report. February.

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