Record Details

NHER Number:3680
Type of record:Building
Name:Rougham Hall


The present hall that stands here dates to 1878 and 1906 but also includes the outbuildings of the earlier 1693 hall which was demolished. The dovecote is left over from this original construction and is one of the finest in Britain. It is an octagonal flint construction with thatched roofing and accomodates 936 nesting boxes. Inside are a staircase and panelling from Finborough Hall whilst the garden contains an Ionic capital from the portico of the old mansion. In dry weather cropmarks of the 1693 structure are visible to the north of the modern building, with a fine avenue of trees leading to this site.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 8296 2067
Map Sheet:TF82SW

Full description

Rougham Hall.
December 1951. Listed, Grade II.
See (S1) for the complete listing details.

Dovecote to Rougham Hall.
December 1951. Listed, Grade II*.
See (S2) for the complete listing details.

Present building is comprised of outbuildings of 1693 house with additions of 1878 and 1906. Old part of flint with blocked brick windows. Contains staircase and panelling from Finborough Hall. Dovecote, octagonal flint with lantern and thatched roof, said to be of 1693 and claimed by owner to be finest in Britain. In garden, Ionic capital from portico of old mansion. Site of medieval hall rebuilt 1693 and demolished around 1790 to north of house. Present owner says clearly visible as cropmark in dry weather. Fine avenue of trees leads to it, said to have been planted by John Evelyn.
Seen E. Rose (NAU) 15 October 1975.

For the avenue, park and gardens see NHER 30520.

Frieze in hall dated 1569 - according to listing.
E. Rose (NAU).

I was not able to inspect the dovecot closely and on another occasion owner said to have stated that it dated from 1895.
E. Rose (NAU).

Dovecote is of 1693 and was upgraded to Grade II listing in 1993.
It has 936 nesting boxes and has brick pilasters, one door and one two light mullioned window.
E. Rose (NAU).

Sir Roger North invented a revolving ladder to go inside the dovecot which was the progenitor of all similar ladders in such places. The nesting boxes were of clay lump on brick foundations, see reference (S3).

1980. 3680/context 1. In flowerbed on site of old hall.
One medieval coarseware sherd found.
Identified by A. Rogerson (NAU) 22 August 1980.
A. Rogerson (NAU) 22 August 1980.

See (S4) for detailed description of medieval hall, and construction of present one.
S. Wade-Martins states that among the outbuildings of the hall is an aisled barn.
E. Rose (NAU) 23 May 1989.

Aerial photograph (S5) details in file.

22 July 1993. NLA aerial photography (S6).
Hall and dovecote, and site of deserted medieval village (NHER 3673) visible.
M. Brennand (NLA) 8 February 2001.

Monument Types

  • AISLED BARN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • GREAT HOUSE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • AISLED BARN (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • DOVECOTE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • GREAT HOUSE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building
  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Monograph: Williamson, T.. 1998. Archaeology of the Landscape Park: Garden Design in Norfolk, England, c. 1680-1840.. BAR (British Series). Vol 268. pp 27-29.
---Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1342500.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2002. Pure content. 17 August.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TF 82 SW 4.
---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 618-619.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Post-Medieval. Rougham.
---Newspaper Article: Lynn News. 1991. [Photograph of the dovecot at Rougham Hall]. 19 March.
---Designation: English Heritage. 1990-2013. English Heritage Listing Notification. Notification. DNF3300.
<S1>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1169456.
<S3>Article in Serial: McCann, J.. 1997. Origin of Clay Lump in England.. Vernacular Architecture. p 57.
<S4>Monograph: Davison, A. 1988. Six Deserted Villages in Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology. No 44. pp 48-49.
<S5>Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1993. TF 8220ABA; TF 8320J.
<S6>Aerial Photograph: TF8220 A,E,F,S-AB,AF-AZ.

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30520Parent of: Rougham Park (Monument)

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