Record Details

NHER Number:16982
Type of record:Building
Name:Chaucer House, The Street

Summary

A 15th or 16th century timber framed house, with 16th and 17th century additions. In 1944 it was struck and damaged by an RAF plane that then crashed on All Saints church (NHER 7216). The house was formerly the Crown Inn and although it has been linked with Chaucer it is unlikely that he had any direct connection with it. There is an associated 18th century icehouse.

Images

  • Chaucer House is a 15th or 16th century timber framed and jettied house in Bawdeswell  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service

Location

Grid Reference:TG 0461 2087
Map Sheet:TG02SW
Parish:BAWDESWELL, BRECKLAND, NORFOLK

Full description

1982.
Jettied house, timber framed with blocked carriage arch. Perhaps a late 15th century house with 16th century rooms added to make an inn, or perhaps all early 16th century.
Has an ice-house, 18th century.
Some reused medieval stonework in outbuilding.
See report (S1), title deeds extract (S2), extract from Norfolk Fair (S3), estate agent's particulars (S4), architectural plans (S5) photographs (S6), extract form Messent (S7), press cuttings (S8) and (S9) and drawing in file. Listed (S10).
E. Rose (NAU), 10 September 1982.

2005.
In 1944 it was struck and damaged by an RAF plane that then crashed on All Saints church (NHER 7216). The house was formerly the Crown Inn and although it has been linked with Chaucer it is unlikely that he had any direct connection with him.
D. Robertson (NLA), 22 July 2005.

The name of this property may be linked

Monument Types

  • HOUSE (Medieval to 19th Century - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)
  • INN (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • TIMBER FRAMED BUILDING (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • ICEHOUSE (17th Century to 21st Century - 1700 AD to 2100 AD)

Associated Finds

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

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---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 381.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. 1982. Building Report.. Building Report.
<S2>Unpublished Document: Downs, L.. Title Deeds of Chaucer House, formerly known as the Crown Inn.
<S3>Illustration: July 1980. Norfolk Fair.
<S4>Unpublished Document: FPD Savills. Chaucer House, Bawdeswell.
<S5>Illustration: Various. Various. Architectural plans.
<S6>Photograph: BVA 9, CBT 3-6, CLH 1,5.
<S7>Publication: Messent, C. J. W. 1928. The Old Cottages and Farm-houses of Norfolk. p 25.
<S8>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1944. Crashing plane wrecks church. 6 November.
<S9>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2000. [Sale advertisement for Chaucer House, Bawdeswell]. 8 September.
<S10>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1342526.

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