Burnham House And Attached Walls

19 Mar 2003
Burnham House And Attached Walls, 11,13 Nelson Street, Kings Lynn, Kings Lynn And West Norfolk, Norfolk, PE30 5DY
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.


TF6119NE NELSON STREET 610-1/9/143 (West side) 01/12/51 Nos.11 AND 13 Burnham House and attached walls


Single house on courtyard plan of late C15, but divided into 2 at early date and re-modelled c1700. Red brick, partly rendered and colourwashed to the ground floor facade. Plaintile roofs. Street front of 2 storeys and dormer attic in 9 irregular bays. Carriage entrance to flanking lane to left entered through a passage via a straight-headed opening to street and a C15 basket arch to rear. North jamb of rear arch is of ashlar. 2 doorways to ground floor separated by C18 sashes with glazing bars. Platband at first floor. Six early C18 two-light cross-casements to first floor and a further 2 sashes. Gabled roof with 3 gabled dormers, that to north now without the gable. South side of rear courtyard in 2 storeys of 4 bays, the lower left bay obscured by later lean-to covered passage, resulting in 3 two-light timber cross casements to ground floor but 4 to first floor, all c1700. Upper windows retain leaded glazing and some iron casement catches. Gabled roof. South gable-end has 3 openings to ground floor: a door to interior, a 3-light casement and an outside cupboard door. All details C20, including the ground-floor brickwork. Above is a C16 timber 5-light mullioned and transomed window with leaded glazing in contemporary brickwork. Between this gable and the projecting wing to north (part of No.11) is a single-storey C19 link recreating the original, but smaller, courtyard arrangement. Projecting wing to No.11 with, to courtyard, renewed fenestration and the line of a blocked window to first floor. Gabled roof with 3 sloping dormers. North side has a 5-light late C15 mullioned window under eaves lighting stairwell. South gable wall with sashes of 1989. INTERIOR of No.13. Street door discharges into a tunnel-vaulted passage of C18 origins which terminates in a winder staircase. Brickwork beneath this is C15. Ground-floor north room with large-frame early C18 panelling and a doorway out to courtyard. Panelling repeated to both front first-floor rooms. Rear wing has plank and muntin partitioning to main first-floor room. Clasped purlin roof to this wing, partly renewed 1953. INTERIOR of No.11. Street door leads via passageway to courtyard, the house entered by a door into later single-storey link. Ground-floor front room with re-used C17 small-frame panelling. Room immediately behind (present kitchen) has large-frame panelling. Rear room with mid C19 plain marble fire surround but mid C18 plaster overmantel with scrolled side consoles. Mantelpiece on pair of moulded consoles between which is a wood applique frieze of foliage trail. Elegant yet determined early C18 open-well staircase: open string with 2 turned balusters per tread supporting ramped handrail. Panelled dado ramped to match. First-floor room in rear wing with small-framed C17 panelling: frieze of punched decoration clings to strapwork tradition. Passage occupies courtyard side at this level, allowing access to a smaller room with similar panelling but a scrolled frieze. Main front roof of common rafters only and butt purlins, much renewed, but dating from early C18 remodelling. Running west from No.13 are the north and south walls of a former late C15 storage building. Red brick. Later repairs. 3 distinct rebated sections in south wall possibly indicate carriage doorways. The north side of north wall with remains of two 4-centred window openings and one blocked doorway under a depressed arch.

Listing NGR: TF6175019710


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Brick, Render, Tile, Medieval Courtyard House, Tudor Monument <By Form>, House, Domestic, Dwelling, Storehouse, Unassigned, Building, Wall, Barrier