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Carmelite Monastery, Quidenham

Description: Carmelite Monastery

Grade: II
Date Listed: 9 February 1984
English Heritage Building ID: 220385

OS Grid Reference: TM0326687721
OS Grid Coordinates: 603266, 287721
Latitude/Longitude: 52.4496, 0.9898

Locality: Quidenham
Local Authority: Breckland District Council
County: Norfolk
Country: England
Postcode: NR16 2PH

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Listing Text


7/138 Carmelite Monastery


Country House, now monastery. 1606, rebuilt mid C18 and frequently altered
since. Brick with slate roof. North front approached through late C20 arcaded
brick cloister obscuring lower of 4 storeys. 4 bay facade, the central 2
rebated, contained within octagonal turrets. Fragments of pedimented brick
cross casements survive but fenestration in centre and flanking extensions
mainly sashes. Late C20 lift shaft abuts facade to full height. Flat parapet
and flat roof. East front c.1750 of 2 storeys in 7 bays, the central 3
projecting under pediment. Basement storey. Sash windows to both upper floors
with architraves. Ground floor sashes C20 and pediments (6 segmental, 1
pointed) 1892. String course between storeys. Quoins at corners and to
central bays. Moulded parapet and cornice. South front late C18 of 2½ storeys
on basement in 9 bays, the centre 3 rebated. 3 bay porch with entablature
carried on 2 Tuscan columns and 2 pilasters. Quoins at angles of rebated
centre. All windows sashes with glazing bars and C19 architraves. Console
eaves cornice and parapet. 3 bay, 2 storey bows to east and west ot south
front with sash windows with glazing bars and lower segmental pediments of
C19. West front C18 of 5 bays in 2½ storeys with parapet, giant clasping
pilasters and 3 bay loggia of giant Tuscan columns supporting a pediment
containing coat of arms. All window sashes with glazing bars. Interior.
Library by C. Heathcote Tatham 1820 : apsidal end with 2 Corinthian columns
dividing bookcases; screen of 4 Corinthian columns opposite with plastered
bridging beam in front of bookcases with further Corinthian columns; marble
fireplace with overmantel of 2 Corinthian pilasters supporting open pediment;
plaster ceiling in 3 bays of heavily moulded geometric figures. Similar
ceiling in drawing room (now refectory). Main staircase ceiling of plaster
1619. Broadly divided into 9 square bays with pendant bosses at junctions,
each bay with geometrical strapwork decoration and flowers and fruit in low
relief. Central roundel with remarkable drop pendant in form of Noah's ark
containing animals, Noah, wife and Hand of God extending from clouds in central

Listing NGR: TM0326687721

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Source: English Heritage

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