Record Details

NHER Number:18492
Type of record:Building
Name:225 to 226 Northgate Street and Adam's Cottage, Eden Place


This early 17th century house is built on top of an earlier 14th century structure one wall of which can be seen in the cellar. Adam’s Cottage at the rear is probably a 17th century service wing. The rendered façade was added in the 18th century. There is a secret room upstairs that is only accessible from the roof space. This may have been used to store smuggled tea. Old documents demonstrate that one of the occupants of the house was arrested for this offence around 1760.

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Grid Reference:TG 5238 0814
Map Sheet:TG50NW

Full description

225 to 226 Northgate Street and Adam's Cottage, Eden Place.
House with rendered and therefore undatable façade. Rear wall above archway over Eden Place has wall of alternative flints and bricks, with blocked windows part recut by later ones. Late 17th century?

November 1982. Exterior visit.
Planning Department says that in the cellar is a continuation of the medieval rear wall seen in 221 (NHER 1010) but this not seen by E. Rose (NAU) and needs checking. In roof information says there is a secret room with access from above via roof space.
E. Rose (NAU), 4 November 1982.

J. Lodey (NAU) connects this with a prosecution for tea smuggling about 1760 against an occupant of one of these houses.

(S1) dates house to early 18th century but confirms the existance of a 14th century wall in the cellar.
E. Rose (NLA), 7 May 1999.

January 2005. Visit.
Examination confirmed continuation of 14th century wall from the north, and showed that house is basically early 17th century with good fireplace, cellar, etc. Adam’s Cottage at rear is probably a 17th century service wing. 18th century work comprises the later façade.
See (S2).
E. Rose (NLA), 28 January 2005.

June 2007. Report of human bones found beneath 1950s extension to Adam’s Cottage proved to be probable animal bones, part of infill of 19th century ashpit or similar feature. Continuation of (S2) in file.
E. Rose (NLA), 20 June 2007.

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds

  • ANIMAL REMAINS (Early 20th Century to 21st Century - 1901 AD to 2050 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 524.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1245975.
<S2>Unpublished Document: Rose, E. (NLA). 2005. Building Report.. Building Report.

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