Stiffkey Old Hall

Has been described as a Possible Fortified Manor House

There are major building remains

NameStiffkey Old Hall
Alternative Names
Historic CountryNorfolk
Modern AuthorityNorfolk
1974 AuthorityNorfolk
Civil ParishStiffkey

Built of flint and brick, the Hall originally flanked the west, north and east sides of a courtyard. There were four corner towers and two more at the inner angles. The present owner, Miss Greenyer, said it was by the Bacon family who acquired the property in the late 16th c. A fire in the 18th c left the banqueting hall, which formed the east half of the north range, a shell, the two north-east towers derelict, and demolished the east wing and south-east tower. Most of the four-centred arch doorways seem to be later inserts and the west wind is said to incorporate a medieval core although there is no external evidence of this. The small gatehouse central to the south side carries the Bacon arms and crest, and is dated 1604. (PastScape)

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 2* listed building protected by law

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OS Map Grid ReferenceTF974429
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  • Bradfer-Lawrence, H., 1928, Norfolk Archaeology Vol. 23 p.308-
  • 1916 Feb 19, Country Life p. 240
  • Jones, H., 1879, 'Stiffkey: A Sketch' Norfolk Archaeology Vol. 8 p. 143- online copy


  • 1996, A Potted History of Stiffkey Old Hall (Norfolk HER)