Record Details

NHER Number:2674
Type of record:Building
Name:Plowright and Sons Foundry


This foundry is thought to have been built around 1860, and contained three furnaces. In 1982 it was converted to a shopping arcade. The building itself has a yellow brick facade under a slate roof at the front, and a pantile roof at the rear. The rear ranges are of flint with brick dressings and pantiled or corrugated asbestos roofs. In 1949 a worn sestertius minted under the emperor Trajan was also recovered.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 8189 0890
Map Sheet:TF80NW

Full description

1949. Garden of foundry (H. Plowright and Sons, Market Place) (behind Whitesands Road. E. Rose.), worn sestertius of Trajan.
Private possession sent to R. R. Clarke (NCM) for identification.
R. R. Clarke (NCM).

Foundry is listed - early 19th century three of five furnaces remain.
E. Rose (NAU).

Press cutting (S2) in file.

1996 revised listing (S3) states that nothing of interest was seen in the interior except two cast iron columns in the central carriageway. Presumably the furnaces have gone or been hidden when foundry was converted to shops 1982.
Date of foundry given as around 1860.
E. Rose (NLA), 16 March 1999.

Monument Types

  • FOUNDRY (19th Century to Late 20th Century - 1860 AD? to 1982 AD)

Associated Finds

  • COIN (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building
  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, W. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. pp 681-682.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Roman. Swaffham.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Article in Serial: [unknown]. Norfolk Industrial Archaeology Society Journal. Vol I, no 9. vol.I no.9.
<S2>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. Olde worlde setting in shops plan.
<S3>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1269599.

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