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This page summarises the key elements of the Conservation Area Appraisal for Glandford: 

What is the special interest of Glandford?

Milling history

  • Glandford was key milling village on the River Glaven, with a mill from at least the seventeenth century.
  • Milling continued until the twentieth century. Although now converted, the mill building is one of only five former mill buildings remaining in the Glaven Valley where there was once 16.
  • The importance of milling is reflected in the altered course of the River Glaven, which was diverted to form a mill pond.

A model village

  • In the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century, Sir Alfred Jodrell of Bayfield Hall employed Hicks and Charlewood to rebuild much of the village, resulting in a designed village. Distinctively designed houses incorporate Dutch gables, red brick dressings to flint walls and terracotta decorative details whilst boundary walls and fences were coordinated with the design.
  • A clear hierarchy of buildings from Manor Farmhouse to labourers’ cottages sits alongside the cultural provision of a reading room and Norfolk’s first purpose-built museum.
  • The rebuilt church is a fine example of Victorian Gothic architecture with noteworthy musical bells.
  • Two farm complexes with a traditional arrangement of barns and yards and a village green contribute to its character.

Setting and views

  • The church tower provides a focal point for views into and within the Conservation Area. Manor Farmhouse, cottages on Hurdle Lane and the Shell Museum also form local landmarks.
  • The agricultural fields, the proximity of the coast, particularly the former Glaven Ports, and the River Glaven are important elements in the village’s setting. They reflect its history as part of the agricultural and coastal trade of North Norfolk.

Townscape analysis

The following Glandford map is available to view as a pdf.

Glandford townscape map with key

Conservation philosophy

The overarching aim of the recommendations contained within the Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan is the preservation and enhancement of the character, appearance and special architectural interest of Glandford Conservation Area. This philosophy will guide planning decisions in the Conservation Area. It is defined in further detail in Section 8.2 of the Appraisal and summarised below:

  • The built environment should be well maintained.
  • Nationally and locally designated buildings should be preserved and enhanced.
  • Detracting features should be removed.
  • The sensitive replacement of lost historic features or those which have been replaced with inappropriate alternatives is encouraged.
  • Outbuildings, boundaries and landscape features which form the setting of individual heritage assets should be preserved and enhanced. Timely repairs should be undertaken on a like-for-like basis.
  • The scale, massing, density of buildings and materiality of existing buildings in the Conservation Area should be preserved. Historical exceptions to the general scale, massing and materiality, such as the Church and Manor Farmhouse, will not be regarded as a precedent for new development.
  • The current settlement pattern, principally of cottages on Hurdle Lane and farm complexes and the mill on the village's outskirts, will be maintained.
  • The rural character of the village should be preserved.
  • New development should be high quality and appropriate in terms of scale, massing, design and materials, and should be the minimum necessary to meet housing demands.
  • New or extended agricultural buildings constructed under permitted development rights should be well-designed.
  • Landscaping should be appropriate to the character of the Conservation Area, and mature trees should be retained.
  • Views should be protected.
  • The agricultural and river setting of the village contributes considerably to its special interest and will be maintained.

Proposed locally listed buildings and boundary changes 

The Appraisal proposes new local designations for buildings with architectural and historical qualities that add to the local character. These are not formally designated buildings but ones with a degree of significance that merit consideration in planning decisions. They are shown in yellow on the adjacent plan and listed in the Appraisal document in Section 5.3, Section 6 and Appendix C. Changes to the boundary are also proposed and are shown on the plan and listed below. See Section 8.3.8 of the Appraisal for more details.

Though there are some areas of open land in-between buildings and at the village's edges, these are limited and form an appropriately sized buffer to the built development. The land also encompasses the river section from the ford to the former mill, which is an important historical element of the village's milling history. No major changes have been made to the built development of Glandford since the designation of the boundary. Therefore, the boundary has been reviewed, and in Glandford, no proposed changes have been made.

Manor Farmhouse, Holbrook, Nos. 1-8 Hurdle Lane, Church House, The Shell Museum and Mill Cottages have been proposed for local listing as they merit special architectural and historical interest.

The following Glandford map is available to view as a pdf.

Glandford boundary review

Last updated: 25th May 2021