Record Details

NHER Number:2459
Type of record:Building
Name:Crow Hall


An early 18th century house with a brick vaulted cellar, and a later 18th century wing containing a Regency ballroom, as well as later 19th century alterations. The gardens contain a highly unusual walled garden, built in the shape of a cone, and probably designed by the horticulturalist John Dering, who lived here in the early 19th century.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 6126 0234
Map Sheet:TF60SW

Full description

Mansion of about 1700 with a large and important barrel vaulted basement.
North wing added probably in the 18th century, south wing with a grand Regency ballroom.
Later 19th century alterations.
Former stable block, now in separate ownership, has clock and bell said to date to the late 16th century or the 17th century.
Grounds, once an important nursery, contain a unique cone shaped walled garden created by the horticulturist John Thurlow Dering.
See (S1) and (S2). Also noted in (S3).
E. Rose (NLA), 9 July 2002.

December 2002. Photographic Survey.
Survey to record internal conditions prior to commencement of soft strip programme.
See (S4) and related correspondence in file.
P. Watkins (HES), 20 January 2017.

Monument Types

  • GARDEN (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • GARDEN WALL (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • GREAT HOUSE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • LIVERY STABLE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • CLOCK (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Illustration: Various. Various. Architectural plans.
---Photograph: Rose, E.. 2002. KRV 32-6.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Newspaper Article: Lynn News. 1989. Stables conversion. 8 August.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1997. Farewell to the stately commune. 8 May.
---Newspaper Article: Lynn News. 1997. Mad Max not Downham bound. 29 October.
---Newspaper Article: Lynn News. 1999. Bid to save Downham's vandalised Crow hall. 24 September.
---Newspaper Article: Lynn News. 2000. There's time to stop the rot. 1 February.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1966. Downham design for living. 13 April.
---Designation: King's Lynn Conservation Team. [Unknown]. Listed Building Record Cards. [Unknown]. DNF4827.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. 2002. Building Report.. Building Report.
<S2>Designation: Historic England. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1342308.
<S3>Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, W. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. pp 281, 312.
<S4>Unpublished Report: Magee, D. 2002. Crow Hall, Downham Road, Downham Market, West Norfolk. Internal Conditions Photographic Survey. Building Report.

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