Record Details

NHER Number:21667
Type of record:Building
Name:River Farm


River Farm consists of an early 18th century house built around an older core which probably dates to the 17th century. In 1985 a flint tank was discovered on the site, which served an unknown industrial purpose.

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Grid Reference:TG 1078 1888
Map Sheet:TG11NW

Full description

1985. Field Observation.
A brief survey of the house was undertaken during restoration work. The brick of this T-shaped house initially appeared to be of 18th century type, but incised graffiti at the west end of the south wall, "1701 Anthony Betts 1706 England," implies that the brick was already in place in 1701. Various later additions have been made to the house, including the construction of the south wing. Few internal features could be viewed, but a late 16th century chamfered and stopped doorframe was identified in the south wall of the eastern room on the lower floor which had clearly been moved from its original position, having been set in a late partition. A barn constructed of 17th century brickwork is located to the north of the house, and it is likely that the present house incorporates portions of an earlier home of similar date to the barn. There is evidence that the building was originally one storey with attics and was heightened to two storeys ca. 1700 when the brick skin was added.

A flint-lined, infilled well was uncovered during construction of a new eastern extension to the house, and this remained visible just north of the new building. Just south of this, a 4ft deep hole was visible where a large, rectangular flint structure with a depression cut in one face had been removed during the construction work. This is similar to other objects in Norfolk called "flint tanks", which served an inknown industrial purpose.
See (S1) in secondary file for further details.
E. Rose, 22 August 1985.

Listed grade II as an 18th century house with an earlier core.
See (S2) for further details.
E. Rose (NAU).

See NHER 55701 for details of the barn formerly listed under this number.
A. Cattermole (HES),

Monument Types

  • INDUSTRIAL SITE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • WELL (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • HOUSE (16th Century to 21st Century - 1600 AD to 2100 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. 1985. Building Report. River Farm, Great Witchingham.. Building Report.
<S2>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1076860.

Related records

MNO5346Related to: Barn 50 metres NW of River Farmhouse Hall Road GREAT WITCHINGHAM (Revoked)
55701Related to: Barn at River Farmhouse (Building)
MNO5337Related to: River Farmhouse Hall Road Great Witchingham (Revoked)

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