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IoE Number: 384296
Photographer: Graham Brown LRPS
Date Photographed: 30 June 2001
Date listed: 01 December 1951
Date of last amendment: 26 July 1993
Grade I

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KING'S LYNN TF6119NE ST MARGARET'S PLACE 610-1/9/243 (West side) 01/12/51 St Margaret's House (Formerly Listed as: ST MARGARET'S LANE Hanseatic Warehouse on North Side) (Formerly Listed as: ST MARGARET'S PLACE St Margaret's House) (Formerly Listed as: ST MARGARET'S LANE No.1) GV I Quadrangular warehouse and domestic range built as the Hanseatic Steelyard c1475 (licence to build granted 1474), the east domestic range to St Margaret's Place rebuilt mid C18, possibly when ownership by Hanseatic League ceased in 1751. Restored 1970-71 and converted to offices of the Norfolk County Council. Complex consists of 2 long parallel warehouses connected at the east end by a domestic wing and a shorter warehouse wing to the west. At the west end both long ranges were later extended, leaving the original west return set back. Timber-framed and brick. Plaintile roofs. St Margaret's House faces St Margaret's Plain. Of original C15 house there are no remains. Mid C18. Stuccoed brick. 2 storeys and dormer attic in 9 bays. Plinth course. Corners and broken-forward centre bay with rusticated quoins. Central panelled door below 7-vaned fanlight set within timber doorcase consisting of Doric pilasters supporting open pediment. Pediment with guttae. A pediment also over the centre bay. String course between the storeys. Rebated mid C18 sash windows with glazing bars. Wide timber eaves cornice below hipped roof carrying 2 gabled dormers to east and west slopes and one to shorter south slope. C19 stacks to rear slope and north slope. Single-bay returns, and, extending down St Margaret's Lane is a 2-bay extension with sashes and a plain door with overlight and simple doorcase. Gabled roof with gabled dormer. Rear elevation effectively reduced to 3 bays by warehouse ranges: central French doors under 3-vaned fanlight flanked by one sash each side; central tripartite sash to first floor. INTERIOR. To north is a cantilevered geometrical staircase with a thin handrail and wrought-iron stick balusters. Roof of principals, butt purlins and collars, but is boarded at collar level. All courtyard elevations are rendered and colourwashed except for most of north range and a ground-floor patch at the east end of the south range. 2-storey range to St Margaret's Lane is timber-framed with a deep jetty at first floor underbuilt in brick in C18, much of which was renewed in 1970. Brick nogging, mostly herringbone, to upper floor. Courtyard (north) side is wholly brick, a common arrangement in C15 King's Lynn. South side with 3 renewed 3-light cross casements to east end of ground floor and 5 two-light mullioned windows spread along the remainder, all C20. First floor has 2 blocked original window openings and ten C20 casements. Gabled roof with a single hipped dormer. West end has thrown brick corbel closing the jetty. Courtyard elevation has the ground floor punctuated by late C20 doors and casements. First floor has 3 renewed 3 and 4-light mullioned casements towards west end and two 3-light C18 metal casements at west end. INTERIOR. Almost all late C20 in character. Roof structure not accessible but reported to retain one section of original crown-post trusses with arched braces from the crown post to the tie beam. North range also c1475. Entirely brick, breaking here and there into conventional English bond. 2-3 storeys and basement. Courtyard elevation retains an arched pedestrian doorway towards east end with stone dressings. 3 metres east is remains of a second door jamb. Several original, nearly square, window openings. Fenestration of mixed casements and sashes, some of which cling to pretentions of C18 and C19 antiquity. Gabled roof. North elevation was blank when built. Scars of opened and closed windows. One large partly external stack had 3 set-offs above eaves line prior to restoration. INTERIOR. Almost entirely late C20 in character. First floor bridging beams remain, as do tie beams. Roof not now accessible but reported to have been of crown-post type, with the relevant mortices visible in the ties. West wing faces South Quay. Datable by roof structure to early C16. 2 storeys. Brick. Flanking later wings extending west reduce visible elevation to 3 bays. 1970 glazed poch to right, a 2-light casement to left. First floor with 2 similar casements. 3-bay courtyard elevation has a central glazed 1970 door and casements as before. Gabled roof. INTERIOR. Ground floor room has 2 large plain bridging beams and joists. In north wall are 3 lights of a 6-light mullioned external window now looking into the north-west extension with straight-chamfered, probably early C16, mullions rising to a 4-centred head. First floor room (now the registrar's wedding room) is open to the roof; 4 tie beams, principal rafters, lower butt purlins, clasped purlins and collars above and curved windbracing. South wall retains timber studs. Late C18 brick extension abuts west end of main south range on St Margaret's Lane: 2 storeys, gabled roof, some re-used brick, 1970 two-light casements, saw-toothed eaves cornice and tumbling. Gabled C17 and C18 brick extensions abut west end of original north range in 2 builds. North side blind, with C20 rebuilt upper parts. Basement used for offices and entered from south where these extensions form their own 3-sided courtyard. Four 2-light casements of 1970 to first floor in west part with 2 gabled dormers. East part has garage door inserted in south elevation and one 2-light casement in west gable end. No.1 St Margaret's Lane was listed 7.6.72.

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