Record Details

NHER Number:2458
Type of record:Building
Name:Post medieval folly


A folly tower in the grounds of Crimplesham Hall (NHER 2457), dating to about 1881. It contains an underground boathouse. The structure incorporates quantities of reused medieval stone and part of it may actually be the remains of a medieval building associated with an earlier manor.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 6472 0383
Map Sheet:TF60SW

Full description

1998. Visit.
Folly tower, by the same hand as the Hall (2457) and therefore presumably of 1881 when park laid out, rather than 1840 as stated in (S2). High quality and containing large quantities of medieval masonry, arches, carvings etcetera from elsewhere. Includes underground boathouse.
Attached on south is a roofless building with apparently genuine medieval brick arch, which may be a medieval building perhaps associated with the manor house.
(S3) in file.
E. Rose (NLA), 20 November 1998.

Monument Types

  • BUILDING (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FOLLY (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MANOR HOUSE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BOAT HOUSE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • FOLLY (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • PROSPECT TOWER (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • TESSELLATED FLOOR (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • ARCHITECTURAL FRAGMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CARVING (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FLOOR TILE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Medieval. Crimplesham.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1981. A glimpse of a little-known folly at Crimplesham. 11 June.
<S2>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1077767.
<S3>Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. 1998. Building Report.. Building Report.

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