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The Norman House

Castle Street, Christchurch, England
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Worth a look

There is not a whole lot to see here, but what is here is interesting. There are a couple of... read more

Reviewed 5 March 2018
Jan H
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Fairfax, Virginia, United States
A must see!

This underrated site is a delight. The home of an 11th century nobleman who entertained King John... read more

Reviewed 23 February 2018
Alan F
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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“priory church” (2 reviews)
“chimney” (5 reviews)
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Castle Street, Christchurch, England
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

There is not a whole lot to see here, but what is here is interesting. There are a couple of interpretive plaques that give some info about the Norman House ruins, and point out the unusual chimney structure that is still visible. Taken with the...More

Thank Jan H
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Reviewed 23 February 2018 via mobile

This underrated site is a delight. The home of an 11th century nobleman who entertained King John many times, the building oozes history. The display board inside is most helpful and informative. It has an 11th century chimney! Like the Castle and the Priory it...More

Thank Alan F
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Reviewed 13 December 2017

It's hard to believe this hasn't been rebuilt. Maybe it has, as it was originally built in the 12th century. Beautiful view through the ruined arches to the River Avon - and all those swans.But it was the round chimneys that impressed me most. Who...More

Thank ecobunnyLondon
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Reviewed 12 November 2017

The Norman House, as it's known, was the Constable's House and originally sat within the castle bailey (the ruins of which sit adjacent to here). The main feature of the ruin is the chimney, which is one of the few surviving ones in the country....More

Thank Marty B
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Reviewed 9 October 2017

Being right next to the river you get a real sense of how this building would have been used a part of the castle. Not a lot left of the ruin itself apart from the outside walls but still worth a visit..

Thank handsome1964
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Reviewed 24 July 2017

You don't often see ruins of this magnitude in such good condition and you can't miss it when walking in the area. It's worth taking a look, although empty inside it has a rare original circular chimney in tact and you can see where the...More

Thank BarbieMegaTraveller
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Reviewed 15 July 2017

The building is set in a beautiful location, close to the river bank and church. A peaceful setting, well looked after, places to sit and admire the view, have some quiet time or enjoy lunch. On our visit it also provided some much needed shelter...More

Thank JandK2
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Reviewed 11 May 2017

Easy to access and view. Quite basic but historically interesting. Care would be needed with very small children who may be tempted to climb!

Thank Queenswood18
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Reviewed 28 April 2017

A small but interesting remains of a Norman house which is located just on the edge of the town by the river. Information boards explain its history. Worth seeking out as it is away from the main parts and attractions.

Thank Howlo
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Reviewed 22 April 2017

Assumed that this was the ruins of an old church but from the information boards it turns out to be that of a Norman house. Standing alone beside the river it is a lovely setting and worth stopping to view and take photographs.

Thank bparkercars
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