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Thornfield Residential Home for the Elderly, High Kelling

Description: Thornfield Residential Home for the Elderly

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 27 September 1972
English Heritage Building ID: 224607

OS Grid Reference: TG0984439836
OS Grid Coordinates: 609844, 339836
Latitude/Longitude: 52.9149, 1.1196

Location: Bridge Road, High Kelling, Norfolk NR25 6AE

Locality: High Kelling
Local Authority: North Norfolk District Council
County: Norfolk
Country: England
Postcode: NR25 6AE

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Listing Text


6/66 Thornfield Residential
Home for the Elderly,
27.9.72 (formerly listed
as Home Place
Convalescent Home


Country house, 1903-4 by E.S. Prior; of Arts and Crafts movement; mass
concrete faced with uncoursed flint, carstone quoins, carstone and on-edge
tile decorations, pantile roof. Butterfly plan, 5 bay range flanked by
angled wings to south and east. 2 storeys, basement and attics. Principal
tie to south-east: central 3 bays of 2 storeys and attic, hipped roof,
terrace to front with splayed walls and semi-circular stone flight of steps
with pebble flint risers leading down to garden; centre 3 bays have forward
loggia with octagonal carstone piers supporting shaped parapet with
decorative work of lozenge carstone with tiles set lozengewise, central
lunette. (Loggia encased by flat roofed bow fronted glazed sunlounge of
1965 with carstone base). 3 2-light leaded casements to first floor; parapet
above of horizontal bands of decorative tiles and carstone flanking band
of decorative flint lozenges, sundial in centre under raised semi-circular
head; recessed attic behind has 2 raking roof dormers each with 3-light
leaded casements. Parapeted gables to front. Bays 1 and 5 of 3 storeys
with random carstone and zig-zag tile decoration; leaded casements of 3
flights to first and 2nd floors. 2 bay 2-storey angled wings to left and
right have cloisters now glazed, onto terrace with carstone piers decorative
parapet above as for central 3 bays of facade; lean-to roof above cloister
has one recessed 3-light window. Cloister return to gables glazed with
decorative parapet above; gable ends of wings canted, large external stacks
to far sides having carstone lozenges and quoins, each with 2 tall shafts
of tiles, one a lozenge, the other a spiral, oeil de boeuf to each attic.
Entrance front, west facade of south wing: tall facade of 5 bays, 2 storeys,
basement and attic, enclosed by the angled stacks at the gable returns;
2 storeyed projecting canted porch to central bay, 2 tall spiral chimney
shafts of tiles flank the central bay. Uncoursed flint with quoins and
lozenge decoration in carstone, horizontal carstone bands above and below
ground floor windows, horizontal bands of herringbone tiles below first floor
windows and to parapet. Carstone dressings to 2-light casements with glazing
bars to ground floor, tile dressings to 2-light casements, mostly leaded,
to first floor. Porch: central double leaved ledged and battened door with
semi-circular fanlight having leaded intersecting tracery below inner car-
stone arch; outer tile arch with carstone keystone supported by 2 octagonal
carstone piers, all beneath decorated parapet with gables; small leaded
windows either side; broad band of decorative geometric carstone and tiles
below first floor windows, decorated shaped parapet above incorporating large
lead lozenge. To left and right of porch carstone arches to basement, those
to bays 1 and 5 with 2-light leaded casements, those to bays 2 and 4 giving
access to doors. 2 roof lights. Wall sweeps to left and right, of uncoursed
flint with tile string course, terminating in square carstone piers. Rear
facade to north-west: 2 storeys, attic and basement, central external
chimney stack flanked by gabled bays, to either side at an angle the gable
ends of the south and east wings; carstone and tile decorative courses
continued from west front; central stack with carstone quoins and lozenges
tapering to semi-circular head, decorated with tiles and carstone, 3 tall
shafts of tiles, the central one being spiral; semi-circular carstone arch
to basement below stack. Full height semi-circular headed lights either
side of stack, each with oculus with glazing bars to attic above. Ground
floor windows of gable ends renewed, 2-light leaded casements to first floor,
small 2-light casements to attic. Semi-circular carstone arches to basements,
those to gable ends with doors, those either side of central stack with 2-
light leaded casements. Single storey one bay service room with hipped roof
to right against wall sweep from west front, service range to left from gable
of east wing terminates in hexagonal dairy, hexagonal roof of pantiles
(lantern lost), Diocletian window to north-west face, two doors with
segmental carstone heads to main yard and kitchen yard, interior with 3 apsed
alcoves with ceramic tiles slabs. Jill Franklin: Edwardian Butterfly Houses
Architectural Review April 1975. Alistair Service: Edwardian Architecture
1977. Clive Aslet: The-Last Country Houses 1982. Interior not inspected
at time of resurvey.

Listing NGR: TG0984439836

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Source: English Heritage

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