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Oxburgh Hall

Hob Uid: 356967
Location :
Norfolk
Breckland
Oxborough
Grid Ref : TF7425101231
Summary : A fortified country house with a licence to crenellate granted in 1482. Extensive refurbishments were carried out during the late 18th and 19th centuries with the involvement of Buckler and A. W. N. Pugin. Brick-built, with some stone dressings and a pantile roof. Square moated site of four wings set around a courtyard. The majority of the north, west and part of the eastern wings is 15th century in date. The south wing was built in 1865, with an adjoining 18th century section to the west and a mainly 19th century tower to the east. A 15th century gatehouse with early gun ports stands in the centre of the north facade and an early 18th century bridge crosses the moat. The Hall is a Grade I Listed Building. Excavation revealed a brick-lined shaft dating from circa 1480, possibly a well or a garderobe shaft.
More information : TF 7424 0123 Oxborough Hall (NR) Moat (NR) (1)

Description of Hall and moat see attached (2)

Architectural description in National Trust Guide correct.
Published survey of moat (25") correct (3)

No change since 9.7.73 (4)

Oxborough Hall. Fortified Country House. Licence to crenellate 1482; extensive refurbishment during the late C18 and C19 with the involvement of J.C. Buckler and A.W.N. Pugin. Brick with some stone dressings. Pantile roofs. Square moated site of 4 wings around a courtyard. The main fabric of the north, the west and half the east wings is C15. The single storeyed south wing is of 1865 with an adjoining C18 section to the west and a mainly early C19 tower to the east. Mainly 2 storeys with attics. North facade. Central 3-storey C15 gatehouse with a 4-centred vaulted archway flanked by polygonal turrets. Grade I. (See DoE list for details). (5)

Oxborough Hall. A brick-lined shaft dating to c1480, possibly either a well or garderobe shaft was excavated and found to contain a sealed deposit of pottery and architectural fragments inserted as fill in 1838. Full report. (6)

Listed as a strong house by Cathcart King. (8)

The gatehouse is flanked by rather unusual gunports consisting of a cross-slit running down to a stirrup-shaped aperture, a type common in Germany. (9)

The gatehouse has a number of type J1 gunports. (10)

The entry for the licence to crenellate has been dated to the reign of Edward IV, 3rd July, 1482. (11)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1904
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Source Number : 2
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : National Trust Guide. 1975. Oxburgh Hall
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Source Number : 11
Source : Some account of domestic architecture in England, from Richard II to Henry VIII. Part II
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Page(s) : 291
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Source Number : 3
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 FDC 09-JUL-73
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Source Number : 4
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F2 RSC 11-NOV-77
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Source Number : 5
Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : District of Breckland, 1985
Page(s) : 14
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Vol(s) : 530
Source Number : 6
Source : Post-medieval archaeology : the journal of the Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology
Source details : Rose E, Jennings S
Page(s) : 35-47
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Vol(s) : 19, 1985
Source Number : 7
Source : Register of parks and gardens of special historic interest in England
Source details : Norfolk
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Vol(s) : Part 29
Source Number : 8
Source : Castellarium anglicanum : an index and bibliography of the castles in England, Wales and the islands. Volume I : Anglesey - Montgomery
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Page(s) : 310
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Source Number : 9
Source : Fortifications of East Anglia
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Page(s) : 174
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Source Number : 10
Source : Fort : the international journal of fortification and military architecture
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Page(s) : 83
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Vol(s) : 4, 1977

Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : c1480
Monument End Date : 1490
Monument Start Date : 1470
Monument Type : Shaft, Well
Evidence : Sub Surface Deposit
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Licenced 1482
Monument End Date : 1482
Monument Start Date : 1482
Monument Type : Courtyard House, Fortified Manor House, Gatehouse, Moat, Loopholed Wall
Evidence : Extant Building, Earthwork
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Altered in C18
Monument End Date : 1799
Monument Start Date : 1700
Monument Type : Courtyard House, Country House
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Early C18
Monument End Date : 1732
Monument Start Date : 1700
Monument Type : Bridge
Evidence : Structure
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Altered in early C19
Monument End Date : 1832
Monument Start Date : 1801
Monument Type : Country House, Courtyard House
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Extended in 1865
Monument End Date : 1865
Monument Start Date : 1865
Monument Type : Country House, Courtyard House
Evidence : Extant Building

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Norfolk)
External Cross Reference Number : 2627
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : NBR Index Number
External Cross Reference Number : 36996
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 220927
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : TF 70 SW 6
External Cross Reference Notes :

Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 1132201
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Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON TF 70 SW 6
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1973-07-09
End Date : 1973-07-09
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON TF 70 SW 6
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1977-11-11
End Date : 1977-11-11
Associated Activities : Primary, OXBOROUGH HALL
Activity type : EXCAVATION
Start Date : 1978-01-01
End Date : 1978-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, OXBOROUGH HALL
Activity type : EXCAVATION
Start Date : 1983-01-01
End Date : 1983-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, INVESTIGATION BY RCHME/EH ARCHITECTURAL SURVEY
Activity type : ARCHITECTURAL SURVEY
Start Date : 1995-11-14
End Date : 1995-11-14
Associated Activities : Primary, OXBURGH HALL, OXBOROUGH
Activity type : ARCHITECTURAL SURVEY
Start Date : 2006-01-01
End Date : 2006-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, OXBURGH HALL, OXBOROUGH
Activity type : ARCHITECTURAL SURVEY
Start Date : 2014-01-01
End Date : 2014-12-31