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Oxburgh Hall, Oxborough

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Oxborough Hall

In the civil parish of Oxborough.
In the historic county of Norfolk.
Modern Authority of Norfolk.
1974 county of Norfolk.
Medieval County of Norfolk.

OS Map Grid Reference: TF74240123
Latitude 52.58100° Longitude 0.57035°

Oxburgh Hall, Oxborough has been described as a certain Fortified Manor House.

There are major building remains.

This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law*.


Fortified Country House. Licence to crenellate 1482; extensive refurbishment during the late C18 and C19 with the involvement of J.C. Buckler and Augustus Welby Northmore 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 decorated with moulded brick arched corbel tables. Western turret houses winding stair with small quatrefoil windows. Upper storeys of eastern turret have single light arched windows with rectangular hood moulds. Centre bay with a 4-light stone first floor window with arched transoms and brick and stone relieving arches. Similar 3-light second floor window just beneath a 4-centred machicolation. Stepped crenellations. Early C18 3-bay bridge with crenellated parapet crosses the moat. Flanking facades with C19 Gothic fenestration, moulded brick arched corbel tables and crenellated parapets. 2 crow-stepped attic gables with pairs of Cosseyware chimney shafts. East facade. Northern half C15. Southern half C18 and C19 including the 4-storey tower to south west corner. One C18 semicircular-headed sash window with glazing bars. Otherwise C19 Gothic including a stone-dressed 2-storey canted bay with carving and 2 stone-dressed oriels. Arched corbel table. 2 crow- stepped attic gables with single Cosseyware chimney shafts, gabled north wing and 2 gabled dormers. Fabric of west facade almost entirely C15 with Fenestration and decoration similar to that of east facade. Interior. Adequately described in Oxburgh Hall, National Trust, 1982, except for the outstanding C15 roofs over the northern half of the east wing and over the complete west wing. Fully moulded arch braced roofs with king posts rising from collars to braced ridge beam. Furbishment of east wing attributable to J.C. Buckler (Listed Building Report)

Fortified country house with a licence to crenellate in 1482. Extensive refurbishments during late C18 and C19 with the involvement of Buckler and A Pugin. Built of brick with some stone dressings and a pantile roof. Square moated site of four wings around a courtyard. The majority of the north, west and part of the eastern wings is C15 in date. The south wing was built in 1865, with an adjoining C18 section to the west and a mainly C19 tower to the east. A C15 gatehouse stands in the centre of the north facade and an early C18 bridge crosses the moat. Excavation revealed a brick-lined shaft dating from circa 1480, possibly a well or a garderobe shaft. (PastScape)

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. (PastScape ref. Kent, 1988)

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1482 July 3 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).

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