Record Details

NHER Number:9467
Type of record:Building
Name:Hethersett Old Hall


A late 18th-century red brick hall, now used as a school. The main façade has a central doorway with a semi-circular porch with Ionic columns, and the hall was extended to the southwest in about 1910. A mid-18th-century red brick barn containing reused 16th-century timbers stands to the northeast of the hall (NHER 65467). In the grounds of the Hall is a World War Two air raid shelter, now used by the school staff.

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Grid Reference:TG 1516 0412
Map Sheet:TG10SE

Full description

Hethersett Old Hall.

Prior to or during 1923. Stray Find.
The Norwich Castle Museum holds two Roman bowls (NWHCM : 1923.22) recorded as having been found in a 'moat' at this location. See drawings (S1) and (S2).
The provenance of these finds is probably erroneous as there is no trace of a moat at this location.
Information from record cards (S3) and (S4).
Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 17 March 2022.

November 1959. Listed, Grade II.
Listing Description excerpt:
"House, now school, 1774, red brick, plain tiled roof. Core of double depth, five bays, two storeys; early 20th-century addition to rear of right return, many additions to left and rear. Principal façade north-west to road in Flemish bond, hipped roof, full height canted bays in different brick from bays one and five with polygonal tiled roofs. Canted bays and central façade with parapet having painted wood dentil cornice...Central doorway with semi-circular flat roofed portico...Additions to left and forward left, and single storeyed addition to right of no special interest….Rear: varied façade with several additions...Wing of c.1910 to south-west return extending to rear: ground floor of brick, first floor rendered with attached wooden studs...Service range at rear to north-east, c.1910, having 18th-century style classical doorcase with canopy incorporating earlier roughly carved bracket and mask keystone.
Interior: main core with central hall to bays two-four, screen to left of doorway of two Corinthian columns in antis, black and white marble chequered floor, lugged doorcases with panelled reveals, doors with two raised panels. Open-well open-string staircase to left with stick balusters; ramped and wreathed mahogany handrail with thumb groove, ebony and ivory inset over newel. To rear right of ground and first floor a wide segmental arch, that to ground floor containing doors to passage and cellar with L hinges. Ground floor room to rear right with raised panels to wainscot. To left of principal block, an 18th-century doorcase, now internal…"
Information from (S5).
Please consult the National Heritage List for England (S5) for the current listing details.
Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 17 March 2022.

July 1984. Building Survey.
Building now 18th to 19th century in varying builds on exterior, but very likely on older core.
See report (S5) for description and discussion.
Compiled by E. Rose (NAU), 18 July 1984. Information from record card (S6).
Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 17 March 2022.

In 1987 a mid-19th-century barn to the north-east of the hall (with reused 16th-century timbers) was also listed Grade II. This is now recorded separately as NHER 65467.
P. Watkins (HES), 17 March 2022.

Air raid shelter at rear of building, used as staff room in 2002.
E. Rose (NLA), 29 October 2002.

Monument Types

  • GREAT HOUSE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • AIR RAID SHELTER (World War Two - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)

Associated Finds

  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, B. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. p 399.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Medieval. Hethersett.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Illustration: [Unknown]. 1984. Drawings of a Roman bowl sherd. Paper. 1:1.
<S2>Illustration: [Unknown]. 1984. Drawings of a Roman bowl sherd. Paper. 1:1.
<S3>Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Roman. Hethersett.
<S4>Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
<S5>Designation: Historic England. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1169626.
<S6>Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. 1984. Building Report.. Building Report.

Related records

65467Parent of: Former barn to north-east of Hethersett Old Hall (Building)

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