Record Details

NHER Number:14148
Type of record:Building
Name:Happisburgh Manor (also known as St Mary's)


A house, two summerhouses, two stable blocks and a garden wall, all of which were built in 1900. The house was designed by Detmar Blow, is X-shaped and is built of flint, brick and tile with a thatched roof. The garden wall encloses an historic garden (NHER 35169).

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 3812 3098
Map Sheet:TG33SE

Full description

October 1978. Visit.
Called Happisburgh Manor by Pevsner (S1), but this must have been a temporary change of name.
First major work of Detmar Blow and first four wing butterfly house. Dated 1900 with house name in clamp irons.
X-shaped with central room and west porch: thatched, of flint, brick and tile. Two summerhouses to north.
Now a country club.
E. Rose (NAU), 19 October 1978.

According to newspaper report (S2), has early examples of fire-resistant structure; asbestos cement sheeting below thatch, concrete upper floor and concrete and stone staircase.
E. Rose (NAU), 7 June 1985.

(S3) 1986 notes that clamp irons actually say AVE MARIA STELLA MARIS 'Forest of romantically placed stacks'.
Encircling wall and two stable blocks now garages also listed, plus an L-shaped thatched house called St Anne's (NHER 24941) also by Blow 1900.
E. Rose (NAU), 13 August 1986.

Architect's plans (S4) and newspaper cuttings (S2, S5 and S6) in file.
Architects drawings (pre 1992) as large rolled plans (S7).
E. Rose (NAU).

For more details of the house see the historic gardens register (S8) (garden is site NHER 35169).

The architect called the house Happisburgh Manor but the client called it St Mary's. The architect's name was restored in 1999.
E. Rose (NLA).

26 August 1997. NLA aerial photography.
Buildings and garden wall visible.
H. Clare (NLA), 29 March 2001.

Monument Types

  • GARDEN WALL (19th Century to 21st Century - 1900 AD to 2100 AD)
  • HOUSE (19th Century to 21st Century - 1900 AD to 2100 AD)
  • LIVERY STABLE (19th Century to 21st Century - 1900 AD to 2100 AD)
  • SUMMERHOUSE (19th Century to 21st Century - 1900 AD to 2100 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building
  • Listed Building
  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TG3831 A-C.
---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1997. TG3831/D - H.
---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1995. TG 3830AM.
---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 540; Pl 113.
---Article in Serial: 1999. [unknown]. Architects Journal.
---Photograph: 1996. Two Stable Blocks at St Mary's. Print.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2011. New holiday homes with a heritage. 20 April.
<S1>Monograph: Pevsner, N. 1962. North-East Norfolk and Norwich. The Buildings of England. 1st Edition. p 160.
<S2>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1985. Summer house by a Norfolk beach. 7 June.
<S3>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entries 1049983, 1169911 and 1306318.
<S4>Illustration: Various. Various. Architectural plans.
<S5>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1987. Big facelift at historic hotel. 2 April.
<S6>Publication: Facilities aid club's appeal.
<S7>*Rolled Plan: Large Plan Exists.
<S8>Designation: English Heritage. Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England..

Related records

35383Related to: Happisburgh Manor (St Mary's) gardens (Monument)
MNO4535Related to: Stable block to N of drive to St Marys Whimpwell Street HAPPISBURGH (Revoked)
MNO4544Related to: Stable block to N of drive to St Marys, Whimpwell Street HAPPISBURGH (Revoked)

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