Record Details

NHER Number:3995
Type of record:Building
Name:Island House, Fritton


This house stands within an early medieval moated site. The south end may be the remnant of a 15th century jettied house with a screens passage, the upper floor having been removed, the south end later altered to form a kitchen, and the north end replaced by a large hall and parlour block in about 1580, at which time the original house was converted to a service range. The new hall was later subdivided; there is a date on the door of 1684, but its relevance is not known. In the 19th century the building was reduced in height at the south end, given a new roof, and probably subdivided into cottages, before being renovated and extended in the 20th century. To the northeast is an 18th century barn, now converted to residential use.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TM 2265 9240
Map Sheet:TM29SW

Full description

Complex moated site with fishpond, probably house of Abbot of Bury's bailiff.
Timber framed house, probably a jettied 15th century house with cross passage, extended to north as grand building in about 1580. Date of 1684 on door has unknown relevance. In 19th century older section had upper floor removed, later section given new roof. Restored 1981.
Adjacent barn probably 18th century.
See report (S1), press cutting (S2) and plans (S3) in file.
E. Rose (NLA), 14 January 2003.

June 2000 and October 2003. Visits.
East arm about 70m long, 8 to 12m wide, showing small return to south. West arm appears pond-like. Slight depression to southwest in lawn. Second visit made after change of ownership. Extension to house being constructed. Builders had excavated to 37cm and encountered modern hardcore. To west of east arm of moat a low rectangular structure of flint with some modern brick was seen. This is 3.5m in width, walls 30cm high, 30cm wide.
H. Paterson (A&E), 13 June 2000 and 28 October 2003.

Monument Types

  • FISHPOND (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MOAT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • TIMBER FRAMED HOUSE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • GREAT HOUSE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • TIMBER FRAMED BARN (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • TIMBER FRAMED HOUSE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TM2292 M.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TM 29 SW 5.
---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. p 347.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. 2003. Building Report.. Building Report.
<S2>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1985. [Photograph of the interior of Island House, Fritton]. 17 August.
<S3>Illustration: Various. Various. Architectural plans.

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