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

What is the special interest of Sharrington?

An agricultural village

  • Sharrington is a dispersed settlement with agricultural fields flowing into and through the areas of built development.
  • The prevalence of gates and boundary markers is a reminder of the livestock once driven through the streets. The high water table has created several ponds that were once used for watering livestock.
  • There are large barns associated with the Hall, its farm and Daubeney Farm at the heart of the village.

An estate village

  • Many of the roads converge just north of Sharrington Hall, which seems to emphasise the importance of the estate historically to the village. The avenue of trees along Upper Hall Lane reinforces this.
  • There are several pairs of flint and brick estate cottages from the 1870s along The Street and, despite changes, retain a commonality of appearance.

Street pattern and development

  • Buildings cluster on one side of a street leaving views of fields on the other, which contributes to the open and dispersed character of the village.
  • Hedges and trees are important and create areas with a sense of enclosure in contrast to the open fields.
  • The shape of the built settlement has changed over time as the village has evolved.

Buildings and materials

  • Sharrington’s historic buildings are typical of the North Norfolk vernacular in their form and use of flint, red brick and red and black clay pantiles. More modern buildings also tend to use these materials. The common materiality gives a sense of unity.
  • The national importance of Sharrington’s oldest buildings are reflected in their listing. Other notable buildings include the Victorian Old Rectory, the former Wesleyan Chapel and the elegant Georgian house The Chequers, formerly a public house.
  • The Village Cross may have been a pilgrimage waymarker.
  • Although All Saints church has been reduced in size, its tower remains one of the tallest in the area.
  • The village is well maintained by the local community, which has also revitalised the village hall and created Jubilee Corner.

Setting and views

  • Agricultural fields are the principal contributor to Sharrington’s setting, together with Valley Farm to the south-west.
  • There are many arresting views out of the Conservation Area over the fields on the edge of the Glaven Valley.
  • The planting that screens the modern dwellings on the edge of the Conservation Area should be maintained and enhanced.

Townscape analysis

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

Sharrington townscape plan

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 Brinton 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.
  • The scale, massing, density of buildings and materiality of the existing buildings in the Conservation Area should be preserved.
  • The rural character of the village should be preserved.
  • The village will be managed to maintain the existing development pattern of small clusters of well-spaced buildings interspersed with large fields.
  • 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.
  • Landscaping should be appropriate to the character of the Conservation Area and mature trees should be retained.
  • Views should be protected.

Proposed locally listed buildings and boundary changes

The Appraisal proposes new local designations for buildings which have architectural and historic qualities that add to the local character. These are not formally designated buildings but ones which have 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 6 and Appendix C. Changes to the boundary are also proposed and are shown on the plan and listed below. See Section 8.3.7 of the Appraisal for more details.

The boundary has been reviewed and proposed changes are detailed below.

Exclude from the Conservation Area boundary

  1. The portion of field between Ash Yard and Upper Hall Lane as the boundary does not appear to relate to a physical demarcation. It is therefore proposed to be altered to align with (and still include) the footpath.
  2. Two modern bungalows (Whimbrel and The Hog Penny) that are not on the site of a historic dwelling and do not contribute in their form or landscaping to the Conservation Area. The boundary demarcation along the Conservation Area boundary will remain included because of the importance of boundary treatments to the Conservation Area.
  3. A modern house (Chapmans Yard) that is located on a plot that historically had a dwelling on it. The house is on the edge of the Conservation Area and does not contribute to its special interest. The boundary demarcation along the Conservation Area boundary will remain included because of the importance of boundary treatments to the Conservation Area. The boundary treatment itself is currently not traditional to the village but could be replaced.
  4. Part of the garden of Bunns Yard to regularise the boundary.

Include within the Conservation Area boundary

  1. Gardens and orchard on the south side of Bale Road that are currently partly included to regularise the boundary.
  2. Gardens to the west of Lower Hall Lane that are currently partly included to regularise the boundary.
  3. Upper Hall Lane to include the avenue of trees as this forms an important part of the approach to the village and especially to Sharrington Hall.
  4. The village hall because it is an important focal point for the community and the building incorporates an attractive piece of public art dating from the 1950s.
  5. Boundary treatments of two modern bungalows (Newlands and Beeches) on The Street because of the importance of boundary treatments to the Conservation Area. Although the buildings are modern, there were dwellings here historically and therefore the boundaries of these plots have some importance to the special interest of the Conservation Area even though the extant boundary demarcations are not historic.

The Chequers, 16 - 17 The Street and Chapel House (former Wesleyan Chapel) are proposed for local listing.

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

Sharrington boundary changes map

Last updated: 22nd November 2021