Record Details

NHER Number:6636
Type of record:Building
Name:Hanworth Hall


An early 18th century mansion designed by the architect Matthew Brettingham, who also worked at Holkham Hall. The hall was built on the site of an earlier building which burnt down in about 1700. The hall is built of brick with stone dressings, and has a stone flagged entrance hall and oak panelling. The upstairs drawing room has a marble fireplace with an elaborate plaster overmantel.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 1974 3514
Map Sheet:TG13NE

Full description

Early 18th century brick mansion of 9 bays and 2 storeys, with central three bays slightly projecting under a pediment. Moulded string course between storeys, and flat pilasters in moulded brick around door. 2 pedimented dormers on hipped roof: large chimneys. Brickwork renewed in parts. Stone fireplace in entrance hall. Adjoining farm buildings have shaped gables. Architect said to be Brettingham. Excellent condition. Impressive position on hill across park from
Visited by E. Rose (NAU) 2 January 1977.

5 November 1981. Visit by E. Rose (NAU).
At above date the owner would not allow a close inspection.
A closer look was possible at the outbuildings only (now Hall Cottages) one with shaped gable attached to the Hall is probably contemporary, but the other free standing buildings seem to be 19th century copies.
E. Rose (NAU)

(S1) adds: external staircase on north of about 1900. Interior has stone flagged entrance hall, 2 doors in each of 3 walls; oak panelling to rooms each side; massive oak staicase. Upper drawing room with marble and plaster fireplace.
E. Rose (NAU) 19 October 1987.

(S2) states hall was built about 1700 (an earlier hall was burnt down and may have been on the same site, information from NCC), and enlarged 1740 to 50 by Brettingham the Elder. Enlarged again 1881.
E. Rose (NLA) 28 February 1994.

(S3) (1993) in file.

Within the grounds of the hall is an ancient Spanish chestnut tree believed to be about 400 years old.
See (S4).
S. Howard (NLA), 17 June 2010.

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TG1935D, E.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TG 13 NE M; TG 13 NE 25.
---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 538.
---Article in Serial: Richard Haslam. 1987. Hanworth Hall, Norfolk.. Country Life. 15 January, p4.
---Photograph: Green-Armitage, A.. Photgraph/postcard of Hanworth Hall, Hanworth. Colour.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England.
<S2>Designation: English Heritage. Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England..
<S3>Illustration: Various. Various. Architectural plans.

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30439Parent of: Hanworth Park (Monument)

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