Record Details

NHER Number:12032
Type of record:Building
Name:Manor House, No 4 Bridewell Street


The Manor House is a 1616 rebuild of a house lost to the 1615 fire. It is a timber-framed building with a jettied first floor, and was altered in 1864. There are two interesting inscriptions, one reading 'my servant is not a dormouse nor is the host a leech' in Latin, and one reading 'Richardus Lyncolne anno Domini 1616 Live well and dye never Dye well and live Ever'.

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Grid Reference:TG 1114 0146
Map Sheet:TG10SW

Full description

4 Bridewell Street.

Late 16th century timber framed and pargetted, overhanging 1st floor.
Details from original Listing Description. Information from record card (S1).

In 19th century this is said to have had the date 1616 on a beam or a fireplace, and also an inscription 'My servant is not a dormouse nor is the host a leech' in Latin. Some claimed latter was a late insertion but an 'old inhabitant' said it had always been there. Details from Bolingbroke Collection. Information from record card (S1).

February 1980. Field Observation.
Visited by E. Rose (NAU).
Inscription is now over front door. There are traces of original windows on both floors at east end, and a blocked small light on centre of first floor.
Compiled by E. Rose (NAU), 13 February 1980. Information from record card (S1).
Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 21 March 2022.

The inscription on the fireplace beam is 'Richardus Lyncolne anno Domini 1616 Live well and dye never Dye well and live Ever'.
This is supposed to refer to a rebuilding after the town fire of 1615 but the exterior does not give the impression of a rebuilding.
Compiled by E. Rose (NAU), 6 May 1982. Information from record card (S1).

New listing of January 1995 (S2) accepts date of 1616 and states altered 1864. There is a moulded wallplate on the rear elevation. Interior ground floor west room has chamfered bridging beam with jewelled tongue stops. East room has sunk quadrant moulded bridging beam with barred tongue stops and inscription given above is on 'north to south
wallplate' (presumably, medwall rail). It is given in modern English. Frame has jowled principal studs. Roof has two tiers of chamfered tongue stopped butt purlins, cambered collars and suggestion of windbracing. The central front door has
original ironwork but the decorative plaster is of 1864.
Compiled by E. Rose (NLA), 4 May 1995.

Monument Types

  • HOUSE (17th Century to 21st Century - 1616 AD? to 2100 AD)
  • JETTIED HOUSE (17th Century to 21st Century - 1616 AD to 2100 AD)
  • TIMBER FRAMED BUILDING (17th Century to 21st Century - 1616 AD? to 2100 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TG 10 SW 16 [2].
---Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, B. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. p 804.
---Designation: English Heritage. 1990-2013. English Heritage Listing Notification. Notification. DNF9192.
<S1>Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
<S2>Designation: Historic England. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1272665.

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