One of Norwich’s oldest buildings in online auction with 10 flats

Bacon House. Pic; Auction House

Bacon House. Pic; Auction House

A 16th century former home of a Norwich mayor which played its part in the Ketts Rebellion is coming up at online auction.

The blue plaque. Pic: Auction House

The blue plaque. Pic: Auction House

The freehold of Bacon House, 31, Colegate, built for mayor Henry Bacon in 1557, and bearing a blue plaque is being sold in a lot with a mixture of flats and old buildings for a guide price of £750,000.

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Bacon House. Pic: Auction House

Bacon House. Pic: Auction House

Bacon House, a fantastic example of a Tudor building, also played a dramatic part in the Kett’s Rebellion. Bacon famously hosted the Earl of Warwick at the house during the summer of 1549. Warwick was planning to crush the rebellion and the building luckily escaped being torched by rebels. More recently the building has been used as a movie location.

Among the lot are also 10 flats with garages in Lowes Yard, built on the 0.36 prime site in one of the city’s most historic quarters as well as three homes, one in neighbouring St George’s Street, near the Last Brasserie, and two in Calvert Street and a commercial building in St George’s Street.

The lot is being sold as a rent investment and the portfolio generates £34,000 a year.


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A 99 year lease was granted on the whole site to Norwich City Council in 1974 so there are 53 years remaining. The council then developed what was the car parking area at the rear into the flats.

Ketts Rebellion. Pic: Archant library

Ketts Rebellion. Pic: Archant library

Auction House’s auctioneer Bryan Baxter, said: “This would appeal to a long term investor looking for a secure income.”

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The online auction is on July 22.

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