Record Details

NHER Number:8189
Type of record:Building
Name:Remains of a medieval castle at Dilham Hall


A 19th century hall, close to which stands a 15th century flint and brick tower with a stretch of wall, the remains of Dilham Castle. The tower probably is one side of the castle's gatehouse. In 2003, during building works to the hall, a medieval undercroft was discovered beneath it. This almost certainly was part of the original castle, but was filled with post medieval building rubble, indicating that there was a further building on the site after the medieval castle but before the present hall.
There are ecclesiastical stone features in the grounds, said to come from the parish church, but probably from elsewhere.


  • 14th or 15th century tower, all that survives of Dilham Castle  © Norfolk County Council


Grid Reference:TG 3340 2622
Map Sheet:TG32NW

Full description

Probably 15th century.
Other medieval fragments of ecclesiastical type.
For full details see (S1) in File.
E. Rose (NAU), 9 February 1981.

April 1955. Listed, Grade II.
Listing Description:
Remains of tower, said to be part of gatehouse. Probably 15th century . Restored 1904. Flint with stone dressings. Polygonal said to have 2 slit windows facing west, re- built round-headed doorway to rear, loophole in north angle, domed brick ceiling, doorway to upper room, brick buttresses 1904, restored buttlements. Completely obscured by vegetation at time of resurvey
Information from (S2).

Tower listed (S2) and scheduled 1998 (S3) and (S4).

Remains of medieval undercroft found beneath 19th century hall building.
See (S5) in file. (S6).
See also (S7).
E. Rose (NLA), 15 July 2003.

Monument Types

  • CASTLE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • UNDERCROFT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • GREAT HOUSE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • ARCHITECTURAL FRAGMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status

  • Scheduled Monument
  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Article in Serial: Brittain, H. 1904. Dilham 'Castle'. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XV pp 190-193. p 190.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TG 32 NW 3.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N. and Wilson, B. 1997. Norfolk 1: Norwich and North-East. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. p 448.
---Photograph: Dilham Hall Tower. Print.
---Recording Form: Heywood, S. 1994. Norfolk County Council Site Visit Record - Remains of a medieval castle at Dilham Hall.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Medieval. Dilham.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Photograph: BVA13-14.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. 1981. Building Report. Building Report.
<S2>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1049158.
<S3>Designation: English Heritage. 1990-2013. English Heritage Scheduling Notification. Notification. DNF182.
<S4>Designation: English Heritage. 1994? -2011?. English Heritage Digital Designation Record. Record. DNF182.
<S5>Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. 2003. Building Report.. Building Report.
<S6>Photograph: Rose, E.. 2003. KJX 1-11.
<S7>Article in Serial: Gurney, D. and Penn, K. 2004. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk 2003. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLIV Pt III pp 573-588. p 576.

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