Record Details

NHER Number:13142
Type of record:Building
Name:Gimingham Hall (or Hall Farmhouse) and possible site of a medieval hall


A 17th or early 18th century house with later additions, alterations and extensions. A plaque of 1662 reset in a 19th century porch may date the intial construction. A plaque of 1752 dates some of the later work. The house is built of flint and brick with stone dressings. In the grounds is a ruined icehouse. A medieval hall is thought to have been located to the east. The hall was owned by the Duchy of Lancaster and is believed to have burnt down around 1700.

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Grid Reference:TG 278 365
Map Sheet:TG23NE

Full description

March 1978. Visit.
Flint and brick, much altered and extended. Many blocked windows, fossil quoins, brick patching, all quite haphazard. Date of present oldest parts perhaps about 1700 - plaque of 1752 appears to be on a later addition. Now divided into two Norfolk County Council smallholding cottages. Owners say that there is documentary evidence that this stands on the site of John of Gaunt's Hall (they quote a book 'Soke of Gimingham' (S1), though an article in Bolingbroke Collection (S2) says that site of hall is unknown) which they say was burnt down about 1700.
A field to west is still called 'The King's 8 Acres'.
In previous hall, pillars marked the tenants' social status; each rank was not allowed to pass its appropriate pillar.
Information from (S2).
E. Rose (NAU), 14 March 1978.

(S3) 1988 notes that building has some quoins of stone, presumably reused medieval.
E. Rose (NAU), 7 August 1989.

Detailed research being undertaken by member of the public [1] shows that the present building is of very complicated construction; the stone quoins tend to be associated with 19th/20th century bricks, suggesting more than one period of reuse. There is a stone inscribed 1662 reset in a 19th century porch. The house may basically be of that date but gives the impression of two wings of a half H-shaped house. The 'hall with pillars' mentioned above was in fact a separate aisled hall used as a court house for the Duchy lands, east of the present hall.
In the grounds is a ruined circular icehouse like those at Saham Toney and Foxley.
E. Rose (NLA), 22 June 2000.

Monument Types

  • HOUSE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • ICEHOUSE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • GREAT HOUSE (17th Century to 19th Century - 1662 AD? to 1900 AD)
  • HOUSE (17th Century to 21st Century - 1662 AD? to 2100 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, B. 1997. Norfolk 1: Norwich and North-East. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. p 475.
---Unpublished Document: Yardley, C. J. 2011. The Mun Valley: Historic landscape Assessment and Landscape Character Assessment for Norfolk Coast Project. p 13.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Soke of Gimingham..
<S2>Archive: Bolingbroke Collection.
<S3>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1049806.

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