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Thoresby College

A Grade I Listed Building in King's Lynn, Norfolk

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Latitude: 52.7521 / 52°45'7"N

Longitude: 0.3941 / 0°23'38"E

OS Eastings: 561673

OS Northings: 319850

OS Grid: TF616198

Mapcode National: GBR N3Q.JFJ

Mapcode Global: WHJP7.03X0

Entry Name: Thoresby College

Listing Date: 1 December 1951

Last Amended: 26 July 1993

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1195418

English Heritage Legacy ID: 384252

Location: King's Lynn and West Norfolk, Norfolk, PE30

County: Norfolk

District: King's Lynn and West Norfolk

Town: King's Lynn and West Norfolk

Electoral Ward/Division: St Margarets with St Nicholas

Built-Up Area: King's Lynn

Traditional County: Norfolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk

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Listing Text


610-1/9/185 (West side)
01/12/51 Nos.31 AND 33
Thoresby College
(Formerly Listed as:
(West side)
Thoresby College)


College for 13 chantry priests attached to the Trinity Guild.
Founded 1500 by Thomas Thoresby, built 1508-11. Various
alterations and additions. Restored 1963-64 and converted to
flats and offices. Brick with plain tiled roofs. Quadrangular

EAST RANGE facade: 2 storeys and dormer attic in 11 irregular
bays. 3 Perpendicular moulded stone doorways with arched heads
in square surrounds. Centre doorway has original timber door
with tracery decoration and a smaller, pedestrian door within
it. Ground floor has 8 late C18 sashes with glazing bars and
painted gauged skewback arches. First floor lit through 9
similar sashes. Gabled roof behind low early C18 parapet on
which stand 5 gables, each with a 3-light cross casement.
Centre gable is shaped, others are Dutch. COURT SIDE is 2
storeys and dormer attic Rendered. Central basket archway. 3
sashes each side, with glazing bars. Five 2-light cross
casements to first floor. 5 gabled dormers in roof.

SOUTH RANGE facade to College Lane: generally of 2 storeys and
dormer attic Gabled roofs. Immediately west of gable end to
main facade is a unified length with C20 windows to ground
floor and a square-headed carriage arch. Renewed moulded
2-light casements to first floor. 5 sloping dormers in roof.
West end mostly of 3 storeys, mainly C20 details. COURT SIDE
is 2 storeys and dormer attic Carriage entrance emerges left
of centre. Above it and to right is a 5-light mullioned
window. Scattered fenestration of mullioned variety elsewhere.
8 sloping dormers in roof.

WEST RANGE facade to South Quay: Pantiled gabled roof. 2
storeys and dormer attic Irregular bay system. Scattered
fenestration, mainly mullioned windows or cross casements. 6
sloping dormers in roof. COURT SIDE is similar. Renewed
2-light casements are the usual. This range is the hall range.

NORTH RANGE: north side abutted by adjoining buildings. COURT
SIDE is polite C18 facade. Rendered. Asymmetrical. Central
door within timber case under open pediment. 3 sashes left,
with glazing bars and 2 right. Round-headed sash over door. 3
sashes to left as before, one tripartite sash to right. Gabled
roof with 4 gabled dormers.

INTERIOR. West range with floored hall. Roof of false
hammerbeams on arched braces dropping on wall posts to
corbels. Collars on arched braces. Principals moulded. 2 tiers
butt purlins.

Listing NGR: TF6167319849

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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