Record Details

NHER Number:23767
Type of record:Building
Name:Thornham County Primary School


A mid 19th century school built in the Gothic style in knapped flint with stone dressings. The school has large Gothic windows and a projecting porch tower with a mansard roof, a bellcote and a spire.


  • Old School, Thorham, a mid 19th century school built in the Gothic style in knapped flint with stone dressings.  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service


Grid Reference:TF 7367 4336
Map Sheet:TF74SW

Full description

September 1984. Listed, Grade II.
Listing Description:
Building seen in passing early 1987.
School built 1858. Random coursed knapped flint with dressings of stone, fishscale tiled roof east and west gable wings with cross wing perhaps originally the school house; single and 1.5 storeys. H-plan. High Victorian Gothic; east and west schoolroom blocks with large windows imitating geometrical style tracery, with stone plinths and detailing. Gables with gothic ventilation holes, returns with gothic arched lights. Projecting single storey wings. Crosswing in centre has towered projecting porch by east wing having angle buttresses, 4 centred arch with wrought iron foliage tracery; quatrefoil above; Mansard roof with bellcote and spirelet. Gothic window and half dormer in crosswing. String course of side wings continues to form hoodmould of central window and porch. Crested ridge tiles. 3 sets brick stacks, originally 3 on each range. East and west ranges have boarded open roofs with bosses and ribs.
Information from (S1).
E. Rose (NAU), 1 July 1987.

(S2) in file.

NGR corrected from original TF 7365 4338.
M. Horlock (NLA), 17 September 2003.

August 2011. Building Survey.
The Old School was built in 1858 and extended in 1906. The main school building is now in residential use with the school yard subdivided and built around as a courtyard for several houses.
See (S3) for further details.
Z. Dack (HES), 10 May 2012.

Monument Types

  • ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • SCHOOL (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • SCHOOL HOUSE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1998. [Sale advertisment for Thornham Primary School]. 19 June.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, W. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. p 724.
---Unpublished Document: Parker, A.. 2011. Norfolk Rural Schools Survey Form. The Old School, Thornham, Norfolk.. August.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1077906.
<S2>Illustration: Various. Various. Architectural plans.

Related records

MNO6976Related to: Thornham Former County Primary School High Street THORNHAM (Revoked)

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