House in Wymondham where historic shields were discovered is up for sale

PUBLISHED: 08:55 16 February 2018 | UPDATED: 11:22 16 February 2018

The Reeves building after the renovation. Pic: TW Gaze.

The Reeves building after the renovation. Pic: TW Gaze.

One of the oldest buildings in Wymondham where 41 Tudor heraldic wall shields were discovered in its restoration is now for sale with the historic relics preserved behind glass.

The Reeves building before the conversion.The Reeves building before the conversion.

The uncovering of the shields in 2016. Pic: Archant.The uncovering of the shields in 2016. Pic: Archant.

The EDP reported in December 2016 how a Grade II listed timber framed house known as the Reeves building, on Town Green, was found to contain historic shields and part of a medieval house. Work has now finished on the house which forms part of a new development by KC Edwards builders and for sale with TW Gaze.

The Town Green developmentThe Town Green development

Two of the four properties have been sold off plan and the Reeves building has had the relics, including a coat of arms, preserved in glazing on the walls. Any owner from now onwards will not be granted permission to remove or cover them.

How the relics have been preserved behind a glazed panel in the newly converted house.How the relics have been preserved behind a glazed panel in the newly converted house.

The development has four plots in total, two renovations and two new builds with a detached bungalow and the Reeves building left for sale.

One of the new builds for sale at Town Green. Pic: TW Gaze.One of the new builds for sale at Town Green. Pic: TW Gaze.

Town Green showing the conversions. Pic: TW Gaze.Town Green showing the conversions. Pic: TW Gaze.

People interested are invited to see the properties at an open house to launch on Saturday, March 10 2018 from 11am-12 

The historic Reeves building is for sale for £450,000 and offers three double bedrooms and an en suite, a family bathroom, a sitting room with the coat of arms, a kitchen/diner and a utility.

The new build detached bungalow is for sale for £450,000. It boasts garden views over Wymondham Abbey, large open plan accommodation, a family bathroom, en suite and three double bedrooms.

When the historic relics were being uncovered, South Norfolk Council’s Buildings Preservation Trust linked up with the building’s owner, Ken Edwards, to fund research and stabilization works at the house by Norwich-based conservation expert Dr Andrea Kirkham. At the time, Dr Kirkham said: “This type of heraldry scheme is rare and the wall paintings are a very important discovery.

Stephen Heywood, Norfolk’s leading authority on historic buildings, said: “The restoration of the building has revealed a 14th-century timber-framed house of high status.”

Although it’s not certain who the medieval owners of the house were, Mr Martin’s report said there was strong evidence of a link to John de Vere, who was the sixth or 15th Earl of Oxford, in the time of his first marriage, to Dorothy, between 1536 and 1548, because the arms of both their families are displayed together.

TW Gaze can be contacted on 01953 423188 www.twgaze.co.uk

See today’s EDP Homes supplement for a renovation/restoration special.

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