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Stables with Loft and Engine House at Cross House Farm

A Grade II Listed Building in North Creake, Norfolk

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Latitude: 52.9119 / 52°54'42"N

Longitude: 0.7562 / 0°45'22"E

OS Eastings: 585426

OS Northings: 338499

OS Grid: TF854384

Mapcode National: GBR R68.D08

Mapcode Global: WHKPR.L29H

Plus Code: 9F42WQ64+QF

Entry Name: Stables with Loft and Engine House at Cross House Farm

Listing Date: 6 April 1993

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1262246

English Heritage Legacy ID: 359838

Location: North Creake, King's Lynn and West Norfolk, Norfolk, NR21

County: Norfolk

District: King's Lynn and West Norfolk

Civil Parish: North Creake

Built-Up Area: North Creake

Traditional County: Norfolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk

Church of England Parish: Creake North St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Norwich

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Stables with loft and
5/10000 engine house at Cross
House Farm


Stables with loft and integral horse engine house. Circa 1840
remodelling of a circa 1800 or earlier building. English and Flemish
bond red brick with remains of earlier clunch and flint rubble at west
end. Pantile roofs with gabled ends; hipped over engine house. Plan:
Main range comprises 2 large equal-size stables with tack room, lobby
and staircase at centre and a large loft above divided into 3 bays
corresponding to ground floor bays. Small 1 bay single storey stable
added at either end. Exterior: 2 storeys. Symmetrical S front. To left
and right stable door with flanking windows and small loft door above,
all with segmental brick arches; projecting at centre a semi-octagonal
engine house with low hipped roof and small openings high in walls.
At rear (N) 2 loft doors and central window on first floor and small
window at centre of ground floor. The south end has ventilation holes
in gable and reset tablet inscribed 'E.S. 1800'. North end has
ventilation slit and blocked window in gable. Short single storey
stables at either end. Interior: Stables have mangers and some stall
partitions and in stables and tack room there are some saddle racks
on the walls. Lobby has wheel-pit and shaft housing and stairs to
loft. 3-bay loft with 2 large round arches (smaller has sliding door)
in brick partitions, and clutch and shaft wheel of head of shaft.
Engine house retains original circa 1840 machinery: a low level cast-
iron spur wheel, draw-poles for four horses surmounted by wooden
platform with a stool for driver. The drive shaft leads to belt wheel
in pit, at centre of main range, up to wheel in loft, probably driving
a chaff-cutting machine producing feed for working horses in stables
below. Tie-beam and collar roof trusses with iron ties and through

Note: Cross House Farm is one of 3 farms an Earl Spencer's 3,000 acre
North Creake estate. The third Earl Spencer (1782-1845) was founder
and first president of the Royal Agricultural Society, and a fellow
agriculturalist and friend of Thomas Coke, Earl of Leicester of
Holkham nearby.

Listing NGR: TF8542638499

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