Record Details

NHER Number:15171
Type of record:Building
Name:Anchorage House, Broomsthorpe Road


An early 19th century brick house, once thought to have been on the site of a medieval anchorite's cell. However, the anchorite's cell was probably located within the precinct of St Mary's Priory, Coxford, NHER 3632, and there is no architectural evidence to suggest an early origin for the house.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 8308 2815
Map Sheet:TF82NW

Full description

[1] states there is 'documentary evidence in the deeds' that the name of the property was changed by a former owner who had been a sea captain.
But (S1) calls the house the Lower Anchorage and cites it as a site of an anchorite's chapel.
E. Rose (NAU) 30 January 1985.

(S1) claims that two houses in the village are on the sites of the Anchoress's Chapel and St Radegunda's Chapel. However, (S2) states that both these chapels were inside the precinct of St Mary's Priory, Coxford, NHER 3632.
Anchorage House dates from about 1800 and is built of plum coloured brick with a pantiled roof.
2 storeys, 3 bays, double pile on plan.
Sash windows under flat rubbed brick arches.
Central columnar wooden porch with 2 columns and 2 antae, an entablature and a flat roof.
2 end strip pilasters and centre bay brought forward.
Moulded wooden eaves cornice, broken forward over pilasters and centre bay.
See (S3).
The name of Anchorage House is more likely to reflect the Romanticism of the early 19th century, rather than the site of a anchorite's cell.
S. Spooner (NLA) 3 November 2005

Monument Types

  • ANCHORITE CELL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • HOUSE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
<S1>Monograph: Bryant, J.. 1900. Norfolk Churches..
<S2>Publication: Messent, C. J. W. 1934. The Monastic Remains of Norfolk and Suffolk. pp 96, 99.
<S3>Designation: Historic England. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1077819.

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