Happisburgh Manor including two summerhouses


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Statutory Address:
Happisburgh Manor, The Street, Happisburgh, NR12 0AB


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Statutory Address:
Happisburgh Manor, The Street, Happisburgh, NR12 0AB

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

North Norfolk (District Authority)
National Grid Reference:
TG 38178 30990


This list entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 19/02/2020

TG 33 SE 5/47

HAPPISBURGH THE STREET (east side) Happisburgh Manor including two summerhouses

[Formerly listed as St Mary's including two summerhouses, WHIMPELL STREET (east side)]



House, later restaurant and Country Club. 1900 by Detmar Blow for the Cators, a local Roman Catholic family. Vernacular Domestic Revival style. Pebble flint (Quaternary) and Chert with brick and tile dressings and thatched roofs. Butterfly or X plan. Two storeys and attics. Entrance front with central single storey gabled porch: oak door under lintel of Roman tiles with flint chequerwork and brick. Five-light leaded casements either side and two first floor dormers under eyebrow thatching. These flank central two storey gabled dormer with brick diaper. At north-west and south-west are gabled wings with single four-light ground floor, three-light first floor and three-light attic floor casements. Brick quoins, attic floor platband and tumbling. Purlin irons with lettering: AVE MARIA STELLA MARIS on all gables. Returns of both south wings on entrance front pierced by one casement on ground floors and two to first floors. Gabled roofs. Two dormers below eyebrow thatching. Forest of romantically placed stacks.

Interior. Central panelled room. Fireplace decorated with coat of arms, date 1900 and motto. Panelled room also in south-west wing. Stone stairs to south. Between south wings a quadrant flint and brick wall. Between north wings a quadrant single storey service block with brick stack. At north-east and south-east corners two flint and brick summerhouses with hipped roofs attached to encircling wall and linked to house.

St Marys is said to be the first "fully-worked" example of the four-wing butterfly plan house and influenced architects such as Prior and Lutyens.

Listing NGR: TG3817830990


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British Geological Survey, Strategic Stone Study, accessed 19 February 2020 from https://www.bgs.ac.uk/mineralsuk/buildingStones/StrategicStoneStudy/EH_atlases.html
Holder, R.J., Victorian Society correspondence


This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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Date: 24 Jul 2002
Reference: IOE01/07461/11
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr Donald Rintoul. Source Historic England Archive
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