Record Details

NHER Number:26053
Type of record:Building
Name:Watergate, The Close


This water-gate dates to the 15th century, with 19th and 20th century alterations and renovations. This two storey structure is of flint with stone dressings and a stone arch. There is a wide central four-centre arch with a pedestrian arch to the right, and a turret or arch to the left. Over the arch is a second floor, in which the original arrow-slits survive and to which a window has been added. The building itself was in disrepair in the late 19th century, and appears to have been restored in the post-war period. The Watergate guarded a canal route from the River Wensum up to the Cathedral, though this has long since been filled in.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 23897 08759
Map Sheet:TG20NW

Full description

February 1954. Listed, II*.
Water-gate with single storey north addition. 15th century with 19th century and 20th century alterations and renovations. Flint with stone dressings and stone arch. Brick addition. Two storeys. Wide central four centre arch with pedestrian arch to right. Turret to left or arch. 20th century dormer-casement window.
Information from (S1).

See details in file.
Schedule in file.
Press cuttings (S2) and (S3) in file.

Monument Types

  • GATE (14th Century to 21st Century - 1400 AD? to 2100 AD)
  • WATER GATE (14th Century to 21st Century - 1400 AD? to 2100 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building
  • Scheduled Monument

Sources and further reading

---Designation: [unknown]. Ancient Monuments Form. SAM Record. DNF250.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TG 20 NW 127.4 [2].
---Monograph: Pevsner, N. and Wilson, B. 1997. Norfolk 1: Norwich and North-East. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. pp 226-227.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1998. Beauty and history in a special place. 2 October.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1206380.
<S2>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1993. How the years have changed the ferry across the Wensum. 25 September.
<S3>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1999. When famous Norwich Ferry felt the force of the flood (photograph probably of 1912 floods). 17 September.

Related records

Mon 1459Parent of: Cathedral Precinct (Monument)
203Parent of: Medieval wall and post medieval finds, Norwich School Playing Fields (Monument)
Mon 242Parent of: Water-gate, The Close (Monument)
Site 393Parent of: Water-Gate, The Close (Monument)
377Part of: Cathedral Close (cathedral precinct) (Monument)

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