Record Details

NHER Number:4830
Type of record:Building
Name:Manor Farm


The main range of this house dates to the 16th/17th century, but cross ranges and other wings were added later on. The building is laid out in a T-shape plan and is constructed of rendered brick. Of particular interest is the north gable wall which shows the fossilised remains of an earlier medieval aisled hall. Inside the original 17th century chimney stack to a traditional inglenook fireplace survives. Barn buildings have been converted in modern times for use as residential property and for corn drying.

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Grid Reference:TL 7510 9737
Map Sheet:TL79NE

Full description

Dated 1635 on main range and 1807 on cross wing. Made of brick, rendered and colourwashed except south gable original block. T-plan with west wing of 17th century date. South gable of two storeys and attic has four light rendered ovolo mullioned window of brick beneath pediments; attic window similar, three lights, blocked. External stepped stack to west side. Two gabled cross wings to east, southern dated 1807. North cross wing altered. Interior retains 17th century stack to inglenook, some exposed studwork, beams and joists.
Information from (S1).
E. Rose (NAU) 23 August 1985.

Internal examination revealed that the date of 1635 refers only to the south gable wall of the wing and to the rearwall chimney. There is a basic timber frame of late 16th century date; this is clearly one wing of a larger mansion. However the north gable wall gives the impression of the wall of an aisled hall fossilised in the later house.
(S2) in file.
E. Rose (NLA) 5 May 2006.

Context 2. Note in margin of (S3) by A. Gregory 1975 says 'Northwold Old Manor, ?Medieval sherds C. Barringer inf to come'. Presumably this is the site referred to, though NHER 4831 site of Hovells Manor is a possibility.
E. Rose (NAU) 6 September 1985.

Context 3. 1970s: Barn down east side of property converted into corn drier.
Large amounts of Roman pottery found under floor. Identification not confirmed. Informant: the then owner of the land, who now lives at Wellington Plantation, Northwood.
A. Gregory (NAU) 3 October 1986.

February-March 1998. Watching Brief.
Observation of conversion of barns into residential revealed original chalk floor, relaid in recent times reusing older bricks and materials. Sheep skeleton in floor.
Any Roman deposits not reached.
See report (S4) for further details.
E. Rose (NLA) 20 October 1998.

Monument Types

  • AISLED BUILDING (Medieval to 21st Century - 1066 AD to 2100 AD)
  • BARN (Post Medieval to 21st Century - 1540 AD to 2100 AD)
  • FLOOR (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • MANOR (Post Medieval to 21st Century - 1540 AD to 2100 AD)
  • TIMBER FRAMED HOUSE (Post Medieval to 21st Century - 1540 AD to 2100 AD)

Associated Finds

  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • BRICK (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • ANIMAL REMAINS (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • BRICK (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TL 79 NE 3.
---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 576.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Post-Medieval. Northwold.
<S1>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England.
<S2>Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. 2006. Building Report.. Building Report.
<S3>Map: NCM. NCM Record Map.
<S4>Unpublished Contractor Report: Crowson, A. 1998. A Watching Brief at Manor Farm Barns, West End, Northwold. Norfolk Archaeological Unit. 307.

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