Record Details

NHER Number:13287
Type of record:Building
Name:Black Lion Inn, Market Place


The north wing of this building has an unusual queen post roof with four queen posts to a single truss and stone 14th century windows. These suggest it is a remnant of a medieval first floor hall house that may have been built for Edward III. The parts of the building that face the street date to the 16th or 17th century. The south wing was built in the 17th century. A post medieval cellar was recorded during a watching brief at the rear of the building in 1995.

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Grid Reference:TF 9332 3674
Map Sheet:TF93NW

Full description

Black Lion Inn, Market Place.
North wing with raised aisled roof and stone 14th century windows, suggesting as remnant of house of Edward III. Street ranges of 16th/17th century date. 17th century south wing.
Listed grade II.
See (S1).
E. Rose (NAU), 29 April 1988.

1970s or 1980s. Norwich Survey.
See (S2) for sketch of gable end.
T.E. Miller (NLA), 21 December 2005.

1995. Watching Brief.
Observation of footings for boundary wall at rear of property revealed post-medieval cellar.
See report (S3) in file. The results of this work are also summarised in (S4).
Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 12 March 2015.

See NHER 41650 for structures found when west end south wing demolished to construct new church to the south.
E. Rose (NLA), 7 May 2003

January 2003. Planning Application.
Erection of two storey extension to form bedroom accommodation.
See (S4),
Z. Dack (HES), 27 July 2012

Monument Types

  • GREAT HOUSE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WALL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CELLAR (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • FEATURE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • INN (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • PIT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • CLAY PIPE (SMOKING) (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1987. All's well with water diviner. 21 December.
---Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England.
---Illustration: Various. Various. Architectural plans.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TF 93 NW 36 [3].
---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 597.
---Illustration: Denny, J.. Theory of development of the Black Lion, Little Walsingham.
---Illustration: 1898. Black Lion, Little Walsingham Sale Plan.
---Illustration: Black Lion. North Wing. Sketch Section..
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Monograph: Longcroft, A.; Brown, S.J.; Brown, M.; Barr, D. and Hinton, I. (eds). 2015. Little Walsingham: A study of historic buildings in a medieval pilgrimage centre. Journal of the Norfolk Historic Buildings Group. Vol 6. pp 96-101, pp 60-63, p 245.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. Building Report.. Building Report.
<S2>Unpublished Document: Carter, A.. Building Survey.
<S3>Unpublished Contractor Report: Shelley, A. 1995. Watching Brief Report. Black Lion Hotel, Little Walsingham. Norfolk Archaeological Unit. 145.
<S4>Article in Serial: Gurney, D. (ed.). 1996. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk 1995. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLII Pt III pp 397-412. pp 402-403.

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