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  • BOWTHORPECONSERVATION AREA APPRAISALNUMBER 11 OCTOBER 2013

  • CONSERVATION AREAS IN NORWICH:

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    1. CITY CENTRE

    2. BRACONDALE

    3. NEWMARKET ROAD

    4. HEIGHAM GROVE

    5. THORPE ST ANDREW

    6. SEWELL

    7. EATON

    8. TROWSE MILLGATE

    9. EARLHAM

    10.OLD LAKENHAM

    11.BOWTHORPE

    12.MILE CROSS

    13.THORPE HAMLET

    14.THORPE RIDGE

    15.UNTHANK & CHRISTCHURCH

    16.HELLESDON VILLAGE

    17.ST MATTHEWS

  • INTRODUCTION

    04HISTORICDEVELOPMENT

    07URBAN DESIGN ANDSTREETSCAPE

    15ARCHITECTURE

    19NATURAL CHARACTER

    23

    MANAGEMENT ANDENHANCEMENT

    27FURTHER READING

    31LISTED BUILDINGSREGISTER

    31LOCAL LIST REGISTER

    31

    CONTENTS:

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    Front cover: History Wall by Tim Weatherstone

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    INTRODUCTION

    The appraisal assesses the characterand appearance of the Bowthorpeconservation area and includesproposals for its management andenhancement. This is in line withsections 69 and 71 of the Planning(Listed Building and ConservationAreas) Act 1990.

    The appraisal was subject to public consultation during July 2013and was approved by the city councilscabinet on 9 October 2013. It shouldbe read in conjunction with nationalpolicy advice on the historicenvironment set out in the NationalPlanning Policy Framework (NPPF) andwith adopted and emerging localplanning policies for Norwich.

    Policies in the site allocations anddevelopment management policiesplans will replace the policies of the2004 local plan once adopted this is expected mid 2014.

    Bowthorpe is a relatively smallconservation area centred on andcharacterised by the historic buildingsof Bowthorpe Church and BowthorpeHall, with the wider parkland ofBowthorpe Hall to the east.

    Since the 1970s the fields thatsurround the settlement have beenextensively redeveloped as a newresidential suburb of Norwich. Thenew settlement has been plannedaround the three new village centres

    of Clover Hill to the north-east,Chapel Break to the north-west,and Three Score to the south andeast. The population of the widerBowthorpe settlement area iscurrently approximately 15,000.

    The historic buildings and parkland that constitute theconservation area provide animportant link to the historicsettlement and its rural past.Additional community facilities such as the Worship Centre,community garden, and communityworkshops in former agriculturalbuildings, mean that the area is stillvery much at the centre and heartof the wider local community.

    Bowthorpe was designated a conservation areaon 6 December 1983. The area lies to the westof the city and currently covers 6.9 hectares(16.9 acres).

    Bowthorpe Hall by Aaron Kelly

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    The area can be divided into threeseparate character areas: BowthorpeHall and its curtilage within the historicboundary wall (sub area A); the church,estate cottages and farm outbuildingsto the west of the hall, (it is proposedto extend the boundary to include theadjacent lane); and parkland and openspace to the south and east (sub area C.)

    The south-west corner of theconservation area is proposed to bedeleted because it has been developedwith modern housing and thereforefeels different in character from the rest of the conservation area. A smallarea has also been included to thenorth-west to include all of the lane to the west of the Worship Centre, the cottages and the workshops.

    The houses no longer in theconservation area are 20 to 43 Tolye Road.

    Summer Sanctuary by Sean Chard

    Afternoon sun on my back,I amble along a grey and pittedpath soft breezes fan hedgerows,trees whisper with distant crowds.The sweet air of mid-summer joins meLike warmed honey and torn grass.

    I swim in a sea of undulatingpasture which swells with huesof iridescent green and gold.Three fluorescent darts clip thetops small flashes of lightabove brushes of meadow.

    Blazes of sapphire chasingcolonies of tiny insects, theircream-buff bellies exposed incut throat turns they break from formationto rise high in soft curves,feeding on shoals from out of the sun.

    I watch the dance climb upwards,winged performers free-fall andSkim corridors of pasture,feeding on-the-wing, flittingback and forth, circling in gracefulturns a circus of acrobats.

    Their rambling warbles and humsOf contentment tumble downAs I stroll past nettles and docks,Afternoon sun on my back andThis mid-summer memory of Bowthorpes trail stays with me.

    Azaria and Honey listening in by Sally Simpson

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    CONSERVATION AREA MAP

    DPP9135 Bowthorpe conservation area appraisal consultation - Final Oct 2013:Layout 1 15/10/13 17:09 Page 6

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    HISTORIC DEVELOPMENT

    The settlement of Bowthorpe hasan established history dating backto pre-conquest times. The nameBowthorpe derives from the wordBoethorp, a mixture of Saxon andViking words. Archaeological digshave discovered Saxon coins and abrooch dating back to 700-800 AD.

    The hamlet is recorded in 1086 in theDomesday Survey as Boethorp beingheld by Hakene, a Saxon, although thename is likely to be a derivative of theOld Norse, or Viking name, Hkon.

    The name Boethorp is derived from theold Norse words Boge or Bok meaningcurve, and Anglo-Saxon Thorpe or theDanish Torp which means a village orsmall collection of houses.

    Bronze Age burials were found near thewater tower in Chapel Break and this isthought to be the location of an earliersettlement. Various Roman coins havealso been found in the area indicatingthat a track once crossed the area fromDereham Road through to the ford atColney, and onto Caistor St Edmund.

    Following the Conquest, the landaround Bowthorpe became Crownland, and was handed downthrough a succession of manorialfamilies, including the Peverellsand Leyhams.

    The Domesday Survey states that therewere fourteen tax paying men living in the settlement (along with theirwives and children). Ten of these werevilleins and three serfs. Villein wasthe name given to the lowest order ofserf, effectively tied to labouring on

    Bowthorpe has its origins as a manorial settlement dating back to theDomesday Survey and earlier. The surviving historic buildings provide animportant historic link to the social history of the village, in particular theremnants of the feudal farming system and historic connections betweenthe landowning family and Catholicism in the 16th and 17th centuries.During the 18th and 19th centuries the hall became a commercialfarmstead, and for much of the later 20th century, was well known as the Bell Language School. The school moved out in 2006, and the hall hassubsequently been used as offices. The rural isolation of the settlementchanged dramatically during the 1970s and 1980s when the surroundingfields were acquired and earmarked for development as a new settlement,becoming the largest planned urban extension to Norwich.

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    HISTORIC DEVELOPMENT

    the land under the Lord of the manorand not allowed to leave the villagewithout permission (so not muchbetter than slavery). The survey recordstwo plough teams operating theCrown land, held as part of the royalestate, and two teams working thetenanted land, held by the Lord of themanor. There was a pannage (an areafor free range rearing of pigs) for 16hogs, and 10 acres of meadow, onemill, seven hogs and 16 sheep.

    The feudal system of farming wasintroduced to England from France by the Normans, and the practise ofserfdom remained little changed untilthe 14th century when shortage of

    labour caused by the plaques such as the Black Death made tiedagricultural labouring impractical.Elements of the manorial practise of farming however remained andformed the basis of landowning and farming in some cases into the 20th century.

    Bowthorpe was on the list ofsettlements qualifying for relief in 1353 due to the Black Death. The Black Death had a significantimpact on the way in whichagricultural settlements weremanaged across the country, although Bowthorpe appears to have remained relatively prosperous.

    In 1420 the lands were sold to the College of St Mary In the Fields (the Chapel-in-the-fields). St. Marys was built on the site of the Assembly House, and partsof it survive in the fabric. Its landsreached as far as the city wall, and included Chapelfield Gardens,hence its name.

    De-population of the settlementoccurred toward the end of the 15thand 16th centuries due to the earlieracts of enclosure, where wealthier and more prosperous farmers beganto enforce the enclosure of commonland. In 1577 it was reported that 66 acres had been enclosed atBowthorpe, 44 acres of which hadbeen converted to grain, and that two houses had become derelict.

    The oldest building in thesettlement is the church of StMichael and All Angels, now aruin, which was first recorded andconsecrated in 1304. Much of thepresent church was rebuilt in theearly 15th century in flint, as wasthe case with many other churchesin Norfolk, a sign of relativeprosperity deriving from the wooland worsted trades.

    Robert Ladbrokes drawing of St Michael and All Angels c1850 ( Norfolk County Council)

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    HISTORIC DEVELOPMENT

    Originally the church is known to havehad a round tower. Round towers datefrom the Sax

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