An untouched timber-framed beauty
Dating from 1502, the Grade II listed Bishop Bonner’s Cottage is the oldest domestic building in the market town of Dereham.
Virtually untouched by the 21st century, this beautiful timber-framed, thatched building is particularly noted for its unusual coloured pargetting. Originally three cottages, it is the oldest surviving domestic building in Dereham, and with its sloping ceilings, tiny rooms, twisting staircases and wooden beams, it is easy to imagine how the many previous inhabitants lived here in the past.
Bishop Bonner’s Cottage houses local history and archaeology displays, including archive photos of Dereham and still has its authentic Victorian kitchen. It puts on special exhibitions each year showing how life in Dereham has changed over the centuries.
Recommended length of visit: 30 minutes to an hour.
The building and museum are cared for by Dereham Antiquarian Society.