Record Details

NHER Number:7591
Type of record:Building
Name:Brampton Hall


A 17th century brick house, built on the site of an earlier medieval hall, the foundations of which have been discovered under the present building. The nearby barns date to the 16th century, and were associated with the earlier building. The present hall was remodelled in the 18th century.

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Grid Reference:TG 2188 2478
Map Sheet:TG22SW

Full description

Old Hall was pre 15th century and had stained glass, see source [1].
Massive foundations found under stackyard south of present hall, red brick and flint foundations about 3m x 2m visible under lawn east of hall at time of visit.
Building material and paving stone ploughed up nearby.

Present hall is brick, long, two storeys but reduced in height when thatched roof removed late 19th century.
West gable shows three blocked windows (fourth removed above) cut by Georgian windows.
Three huge chimney stacks at rear.
Apparently two main periods of building but both late 17th century.
Perhaps a wing of a larger house, but no evidence for this.
Plaque with date 1595 and inscription in west wall was brought from elsewhere.
Barns are older than house, and are of 16th century English bond brick, one with blocked moulded two light window, but much damaged by fire 1952 and rebuilt without thatched roofs.
In rebuilding an original mason's trowel was found in mortar of wall.
Visited E. Rose (NAU) 10 May 1978.

Polished flint axehead found at or near Hall
E. Rose (NAU)

In (S1), under Burgh next Aylsham, are drawings of many carvings 'from Brampton Hall'.
E. Rose (NAU)

The west wall of the hall has a flint plinth, as does the south wall at least in part.
It seems improbable that there was ever a fourth storey to the west gable wall, as the third window would have lit the attic.
For more detailed notes on one of the 16th century barns see (S2).
E.Rose (NLA), 11 March 2003.

Monument Types

  • HOUSE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BARN (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • BUILDING (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • GREAT HOUSE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • POLISHED AXEHEAD (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • TROWEL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1050958.
---Illustration: Various. Various. Architectural plans.
---Photograph: Riseborough, G.. 2003. Barn..
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TG 22 SW 5 [2]; TG 22 SW 16.
---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 411.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Neolithic. Brampton.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Medieval. Brampton.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Documentary Source: Martin, T. c. 1700-1799. Collections of Church Notes. Norfolk Records Office.
<S2>Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. 2003. Building Report.. Building Report.

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