Record Details

NHER Number:14448
Type of record:Building
Name:Ranworth Old Hall


The 16th/17th century Ranworth Hall, with associated outbuildings, stood here. The only still standing remnant comprises the porch or gatehouse, with the rest of the building being demolished in 1985. Additionally, pieces of reused material have been found on site including a fragment of Late Saxon or medieval interlace.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 3443 1537
Map Sheet:TG31NW

Full description

Remains of 16th/17th century hall and outbuildings on older site?
Possible remains of medieval building in outbuilding.
N.B. site formerly confused with NHER 13449.
See detailed report by E. Rose (NAU) and Norfolk Archaeological Research Group Survey in file.
To be made a controlled ruin?
E. Rose (NAU) 3 June 1982.

Building demolished except for porch.
Recorded by Norfolk Archaeological Research Group and some excavations revealed older walls.
Much reused material found including fragment of Late Saxon/medieval? interlace.
Information from A. Rogerson (NAU) 1985.

See press cuttings (S1) in file.
Architects drawings (pre 1992) and Norfolk Archaeological Research Group survey as large rolled plans.

February 2012
Site visit with owner. Remains in good condition, with the ivy cleared by NCC Buildings & Landscapes a year or two ago. Active owl box internally. See digital photos.
D. Gurney (HES), 27 February 2012.

January 2014.
The Old Hall, although demolished, appears still to be listed Grade II*.
D. Gurney (HES), 24 January 2014.

27 April 2014.
An illegal rave on the site has caused damage to the porch roof.
D. Gurney (HES), 6 May 2014.

16 May 2014.
The Old Hall put forward for delisting (online application).
Heritage Crime Statement submitted to Norfolk Police with regard to the damage to the porch.
D. Gurney (HES), 16 May 2014.

10 July 2014.
Responsibility for maintenance of the porch / gatehouse passed from NCC back to the landowner.
D. Gurney (HES), 16 July 2014.

Monument Types

  • BUILDING (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • GREAT HOUSE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • UNASSIGNED (porch tower, Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • ARCHITECTURAL FRAGMENT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • ARCHITECTURAL FRAGMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status

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

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TG3415 A-E,M-P,R,V,W.
---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 643.
---Unpublished Report: C. R. Jeffries. 1983. The Architectural and Historic Importance of Ranworth Old Hall & Adjoining Buildings.
---Photograph: Ranworth Old Hall. Print.
---Photograph: Photographs of Ranwrth Old Hall, Ranworth. Colour & Black and white.
---Photograph: Photographs of Ranworth Old Hall, Woodbastwick. Black & white.
---Photograph: Photographs of Ranworth Old Hall. Woobastwick. Black & white.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---*Rolled Plan: Large Plan Exists.
---Slide: Various. Slide.
---Photograph: ELC.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
---Unpublished Report: [Unknown]. [unknown]. Ranworth Hall - North Barn. Building Report.
---Unpublished Document: [Unknown]. 1979. Ranworth Old Hall.
<S1>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1981-1984. [Articles on the proposal to restore or demolish Ranworth Old Hall].

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