Waxham Hall

Has been described as a Possible Fortified Manor House

There are major building remains

NameWaxham Hall
Alternative Names
Historic CountryNorfolk
Modern AuthorityNorfolk
1974 AuthorityNorfolk
Civil ParishSea Palling

A manorial hall, now a farmhouse, enclosed within walls and with a gatehouse. The hall, now much altered, was built by the Woodhouse family in about 1570, of flint and brick with some re-used medieval stonework, The surrounding walls are of the same date. The external chimney stacks to the rear are now smothered by a large additional block of about 1800. The thatched Great Barn, just over a hundred metres to the south west, also dates to about 1570 and is gigantic; at 55 metres long, it is the biggest in the county and the village's most famous building. When it was built, it was probably intended to compete in size with Paston Barn further up the coast. Now restored, it is open to the public. To the east of the great barn are a series of moated earthworks, forming a series of fishponds and channels. Three semi-circular banks are visible abutting the internal boundaries of the site. The date and function of these is unknown for certain, although it seems likely that they are post medieval. (Norfolk HER)

Gatehouse Comments

Walled with a gatehouse but nothing to really suggest 'fortified'. For bringing this site to our attention Gatehouse thanks Roger Wilson.

- Philip Davis

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law

This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law

Historic England Scheduled Monument Number
Historic England Listed Building number(s)
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County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTG439262
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  • Goodall, John, 2011, The English Castle 1066-1650 (Yale University Press) p. 459
  • Pevsner, N. and Wilson, B., 1997, Buildings of England: Norwich and north-east Norfolk
  • Blomefield, F., 1808, 'Happing Hundred: Waxham' An Essay towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk Vol. 9 p. 353 (tenurial history) online transcription


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