Work on north Norfolk manor house progressing

Work replacing a dilapidated north Norfolk manor house with a brand new nine bedroomed property is making progress.

The proposals, by specialist developer Norwood Homes to demolish the old Bessingham Manor near Cromer and construct a new property, using 19th century architect's drawings, were given the green light by North Norfolk District Council officers in August last year.

The manor once housed eight bedrooms servants' quarters and stables but in recent years the building, which has been classed as structurally unsafe, has been taken over by choking creepers, rot and a large bush growing through the roof.

The site was put up for sale by former owner Robert Gable in August 2009 and was bought early in 2010 by Norwood Homes.

Tim Schofield, director of the company said their hope is to create a brand new old manor mixing energy-efficient technology with historic features.

He said they also hoped to find a buyer for the property before construction is completed to allow the new owner some input into the inside of the building.

He added: 'We are now on the site undertaking some tree works, getting ready for construction to begin next year.

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'The interest we have had from potential buyers has been quite good, there has been quite a bit of interest, and we have had a number of viewings.' As yet though there has been no firm offer from anyone.

It is thought building work would take nine to twelve months and landscaping could take up to two years.

Traditional methods will be used to construct it and many materials from the old manor will be reclaimed for the build.

One significant departure from the old manor will be its position on the 4.5 acre plot, with the new house moving from the corner to the centre of the site.