Record Details

NHER Number:9764
Type of record:Building
Name:Dunston Hall


Dunston Hall is a Neo-Elizabethan symetrical hall of brick, constructed in three or four storeys. It was begun in 1859 by J. C. Buckler and finished by Boardman in 1878. For some time it lay derelict, but has been thoroughly restored and is now a hotel and golf course. At least two post medieval halls were present on this site before the current building.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 2265 0214
Map Sheet:TG20SW

Full description

1880s; neo-Elizabethan; by Boardman? Remarkably spiky pile with pinnacles, decorated chimneys etc, a massive building but striking and of high quality.
Seen by E. Rose (NAU), 1 March 1979.

(S1) shows a previous hall on site.
E. Rose (NAU).

The NAU report (S1) filed under NHER 29734 states that the Hall was begun in 1859 by J. C. Buckler and completed by Boardman in 1878. It replaces two previous post medieval halls which stood slightly to the north and east on the
site of the present Hall Farm. This report should be consulted for full details of the growth of the park layout.
Compiled by E. Rose (NLA), 20 October 1993.

It is said that the immediately preceding hall was an early 19th century copy of Blickling Hall.

Useful summary of 19th and 20th century ownership, produced by owners in 1996; copy in file.
Architects plans (1987 and 1991) in file (S2).

6 August 1993. NLA aerial photography.
Overview of house, car park and area immediately surrounding them.
Compiled by H. Clare (NLA), 5 February 2001.

Monument Types

  • GREAT HOUSE (16th Century to 19th Century - 1540 AD? to 1859 AD)
  • GREAT HOUSE (19th Century to 21st Century - 1859 AD? to 2100 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TG2202 M-P,Q-T.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1990. [Articles on the sale of Dunston Hall]. 28 April.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1985. New lease of life for hall. 26 September.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1977. Iron hand of Dunston Hall. 4 August.
---Aerial Photograph: TG 2202/ Y, AD, AE.
---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1995. TG2202/AF - AP, Z, AA.
---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1993. TG 2201AK, AL; TG 2202AB - AC.
---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1996. TG 2202AQ - AT.
---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1996. TG 2202AV.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Publication: Faden, W. and Barringer, J. C. 1989. Faden's Map of Norfolk in 1797.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, W. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. p 314; Pl 114.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Slide: Various. Slide.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1991-1992. [Articles on the restoration work at Dunson Hall].
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1999. [Articles on the sale of Dunston Hall].
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2000. Photograph of Dunston Hall. 5 February.
<S1>Unpublished Contractor Report: Forrest, K. 1993. Evaluation Report. Dunston Hall, Stoke Holy Cross, Norfolk. Norfolk Archaeological Unit. 20.
<S2>Illustration: Various. Various. Architectural plans.

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