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Site of Manorial Complex, Hall Farm, Waxham

A Scheduled Monument in Sea Palling, Norfolk

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Latitude: 52.7784 / 52°46'42"N

Longitude: 1.6161 / 1°36'57"E

OS Eastings: 643975.081133

OS Northings: 326222.486338

OS Grid: TG439262

Mapcode National: GBR YMM.TMH

Mapcode Global: WHMT0.SFQC

Entry Name: Site of Manorial Complex, Hall Farm, Waxham

Scheduled Date: 5 April 1990

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013418

English Heritage Legacy ID: 12703

County: Norfolk

Civil Parish: Sea Palling

Traditional County: Norfolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk

Church of England Parish: Sea Palling with Waxham

Church of England Diocese: Norwich


The monument comprises a medieval moated manorial complex surviving as low
upstanding walls, earthwork features, ponds and extensive below ground
deposits. Also evident is the ruined chancel of an earlier phase of St John's
Church. (The ruined Chancel is located within the graveyard of St. John's
Church). These various features either underlie or are adjacent to present
buildings on the site. The latter include The Great Barn, Waxham Hall, St
John's Church and an enclosing wall and Gatehouse all of late 16th century
During the Middle Ages the manor belonged to the Ingham family. In the 16th
century it was sold to the Woodhouse family who owned it until the 18th
century. The major medieval manorial buildings noted above were probably
built by Sir Thomas Woodhouse, first member of this family to own the site,
and represent a major reconstruction of the earlier manor at this time.
Please not that all the buildings within the scheduled area are excluded from
the schedule except for the remains of the chancel to the immediate east of St
John's Church. The ground beneath these buildings is scheduled.
An area of the graveyard of St John's Church is also excluded from the
The following buildings are protected as Listed Buildings of Special
Architectural or Historic Interest under Section 54 of the Town and Country
Planning Act 1971.

1. Waxham Hall - Listed Grade I
2. The Great Barn - Listed Grade I
3. Enclosing wall and Gatehouse to Waxham Hall where it projects
southwards into the scheduled area towards the church - Listed Grade I
4. Subsidiary Garden Wall to Waxham Hall - Listed Grade II
5. Church of St. John - Listed Grade II*

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

The manorial complex at Waxham survives in a rare degree of completeness and
includes monuments capable of illustrating not only the layout of an early
Post-Medieval manor farm but also the development of the manor through the
later middle ages. The diversity of the monument classes represented within
the Manorial complex is considerable, including Manor house, barn,
fishponds/moat, dividing walls, precinct walls, church and graveyard, and this
justifies a very high rating for importance compared with others in the
region. Both contemporary and non-contemporary associations are represented
in the diverse features, attributes of particular importance since documentary
evidence exists to confirm the associations in some cases, making the complex
of great historical potential. The ruined chancel is of architectural and
archaeological importance. Finally, the potential for the preservation of
archaeological and palaeo-environmental evidence is good, especially in the
probable moat and beneath the surviving C.16th buildings.

Source: Historic England


Gregory, T., Waxham Gt. Barn: Evidence to Public Enquiry, February 1989,
Norfolk Archaeological Unit 1977, (1977)
Pagination 23 (Ref: 3/52), Listed Building Records, (1955)

Source: Historic England

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