The Elizabethan House is located at the heart of ‘Heritage Quarter,’ only a short walk away from other sites of historic interest.
You’ll find information about the house and the individual rooms on display and our knowledgeable staff can tell you more about the history of the local area. We also offer a virtual DVD tour of the house for less mobile visitors.
The house is famous for its connections with Oliver Cromwell who is said to have frequently visited his friend, John Carter, a prominent local merchant who purchased the house from Benjamin Cowper in 1635. The premises became a regular meeting place for Parliamentarians during the Civil War and it is here, allegedly, in November 1648 that the fate of Charles I was decided.
The museum today
From 1667 some 14 different families lived in the house. In 1870, it was bought by the Aldred family and remained in their possession until the eldest daughter Mary Aldred bequeathed it to the National Trust. Her sister Blanche remained the tenant until her death in 1949. Norfolk Museums Service now manage the museum.
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