PROJECT - Heritage, Arts & Culture

Hickling Hall

Rebuilding a Grade II Listed Hall

ANG acted as Management Contractor and Cost Consultant on a 17th Century three-floor farmland home in Norfolk that was destroyed in a suspected chimney fire on Boxing Day. The entire interior of the red brick Queen Anne, double-fronted house, was destroyed. It was the principal house for a farm estate extending over hundreds of acres.

The fire is suspected to have begun in a chimney where jackdaws were nesting, and crews struggled to contain it due to hidden spaces in the old building, and problems accessing an adequate water supply in the remote rural location.

Thankfully, no-one was hurt but by the morning it was clear that the main part of the house, the oldest part, the most precious part, was in ruins.

Owned by Bernard Ellis, the property has been in the family for three generations and was described as a landmark in the village. Listed in 1955, the two-storey property featured a dormer attic and large panelled lounge.

Reinstatement

In the New Year of 2015, it was decided to rebuild. Significant research went into gathering as much information as possible to ensure a faithful reconstruction i.e. what had been built on the land before, who owned it, who lived in it (to help understand its historical context) and as much as possible about its construction. Images, maps and plans of the property were gathered to fully explain its structural evolution over three centuries.

There was a hall on the site of the current house in the latter part of the 16th century and then in the early 1700s was completely rebuilt. The house has a special place within the communal memory of Hickling village.

Services

  • Management Contracting
  • Quantity Surveying