Record Details

NHER Number:2461
Type of record:Building
Name:Ryston Hall


A brick country house built in about 1670 by Sir Roger Pratt, a famous architect of the day, for himself. It has a north front of nine window bays with the central three bays projecting and is three storeys high, the lowest floor being a semi-basement. Alterations and remodelling were carried out in 1780 and 1867, which was probably when the yellow brick extensions at the east and west ends were added. In the grounds of the house are various outbuildings including stables barns, a cowshed and a summerhouse.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 6259 0115
Map Sheet:TF60SW

Full description

By Sir Roger Pratt in about 1670, Sir John Soane in 1780, and Salvin in 1867.
Possible pre-hall ?tithe barn etcetera.
Egyptian stela in house (donated to British Museum in 2002).
Early Romanesque mortar discovered in yard. (S1)
For full details see report (S2) in file. Architectural plans (S3), photographs (S4) and press cutting (S5) in file
E. Rose (NAU).

Listed Grade II* (S6).
E. Rose (NAU), 9 July 1985.

Photographs in file.

Bell operating system noted by NIAS. East bell rang to the stable block and west bell rang in the hall for the butler.
House grounds also used to store A W bombs (No 76 Grenade) for the home guard during WWII as evidenced by photograph of storage instructions and fire precaution sign.
NIAS records (S7)
W. Arnold (HES), 24 January 2011.

Monument Types

  • BARN (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • GREAT HOUSE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • MORTAR (VESSEL) (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building
  • Listed Building
  • Listed Building
  • Listed Building
  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TF6200 B; TF6201 C-D,Y,A,AF.
---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1996. TF 6201AM - ABA.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TF 60 SW 6.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, W. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. pp 623-624; Pl 82.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Slide: Various. Slide.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Post-Medieval. Ryston.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
---Designation: Norfolk District Councils. [Various]. Application for Listed Building Consent. Consent. DNF4297.
<S1>Article in Serial: Cherry, J. 1981. A 12th-century Mortar from Ryston Hall, Norfolk. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XXXVIII Pt I pp 67-73.
<S2>Unpublished Document: Rose, E. (NAU). 1977. Building Report.. Building Report.
<S3>Illustration: Various. Various. Architectural plans.
<S4>Photograph: BMJ.
<S5>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2002. Praise for a ancient scribe. 26 October.
<S6>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1205569.
<S7>Archive: NIAS. Norfolk Industrial Archaeology Society Records.

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2462Parent of: Post medieval ice-house (Monument)
30521Parent of: Ryston Park (Monument)

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