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Medieval Merchant's House

A Grade II* Listed Building in King's Lynn, Norfolk

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Latitude: 52.7543 / 52°45'15"N

Longitude: 0.3934 / 0°23'36"E

OS Eastings: 561620

OS Northings: 320096

OS Grid: TF616200

Mapcode National: GBR N3Q.B8B

Mapcode Global: WHJP7.01M9

Entry Name: Medieval Merchant's House

Listing Date: 1 December 1951

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1291131

English Heritage Legacy ID: 384142

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


610-1/7/71 (West side)
01/12/51 Nos.7 AND 9
Medieval Merchant's House


House. Late C14 hall house, altered C15 and considerably
since. L-plan, with hall range in the rear wing to north of
courtyard. Brick with stone dressings. Plain tiled and slate
2-storey, 7-bay east facade to street of c1830. Yellow brick.
Sash windows with glazing bars and gauged skewback arches. In
third bay (from left) is a timber-framed passage to rear, the
front with a timber lintel under a brick relieving arch, the
rear with an arched, chamfered, C15 opening.
Present entrance to No.9 in bay to north of passageway:
panelled door in panelled reveals under a 6-vaned fanlight and
a round arch. Gabled roof with internal gable-end stacks.
Panelled door into No.7 opens from south-west end of
Rear of front range is whitewashed over passage and to south.
Window over passage and narrow windows over C19 outshut light
No.7. Hall range remodelled C17 and C18 into a 2-storey, 5-bay
elevation. Central panelled door of late C17: six-panelled and
of plank construction inside; split overlight and gabled hood
on brackets. Fenestration of late C18 sashes with glazing bars
set within late C17 or early C18 flush frames. Stone jambs of
original entrance remain in junction of front and rear ranges,
formerly opening directly into west end of hall. Stone jambs
of C15 dais window remain either side of 2 ground-floor west
sashes. Gabled roof-line changes above these and is marked by
a gabled dormer and a late C16 ridge stack on a stepped
plinth. Attached to east end is a 2-storey, early C18 brick
and slate addition with its 4-bay facade to the west. Late C18
sashes with glazing bars set within early C18 flush frames.
Platband between storeys. Doorway to right under C20 sloping
hood. Hipped roof.
INTERIOR of No.9. Hall range is now 3 rooms at ground-floor
level. Hall dais window with moulded stone jambs of late C14
type: keeled wave, bowtell and filleted wave. Immediately left
is a cinquefoiled window with an ogee head and wave-moulded
Large open fireplace at west end of this room is an insertion:
stone jambs and renewed lintel. Chamfered bridging beams and
rough-cut joists date from early C17 insertion of floor. Room
to west of hall with complete late C17 large-framed bolection
panelling and H-L hinges to door in south-east (to former
hall) and north-east (to C17 passageway and staircase)
corners. Panelled ante-room leads to ground-floor room of west
addition: large-framed panelling of c1730 and a shouldered
overmantel panel above inserted Greek key frieze.
Inserted C17 passage runs past N side of former hall, cut from
the former courtyard serving the south side of No.11, but
still leaving 2 small courtyards in situ. Staircase is at
north-west corner of passage: closed string, turned balusters,
square newels and moulded handrail. Panelled dado.
Front range to street with early C19 panelling and associated
details. Room over former hall has large-framed early C18
panelling. Rooms west of this now constitute a late C20 flat,
with corresponding details except for hollow chamfered jambs
of 2 late C14 windows in former gable wall. Roof structures
all replaced early C16.
Main front roof: common rafters, 2 tiers butt purlins, collars
on arched braces. 2 complete trusses survive, forming 3 bays,
the rest are too altered to classify. Hall range roof of
principals, collars, butt purlins and arched braces, some of
latter replaced by cranked braces. Collars and principals are
moulded. Inserted stacks interrupt truss system.
INTERIOR of No.7 to south of carriageway entirely late C19,
stripped out C20. An early example of the standard L-plan
house favoured in King's Lynn from the Middle Ages to c1600.
The lack of timber-framing is probably the result of
remodelling in the C15 and C16, and it should not be assumed
that this house is one of the earliest in Norfolk to be
entirely of brick and stone construction.

Listing NGR: TF6162020096

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

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