Sir Edward Coke, forebear of the great Coke dynasty that now reside at Holkham Hall, was not the only well-known occupant of this great Manor House.
Reportedly, Captain Sir William Hoste, a Royal Navy captain, and a friend of Norfolk hero Admiral Horatio Nelson, was born there while his father Dixon Hoste was rector and farmer at Godwick and Tittleshall.
In the distance from the barn are the ruins of the Godwick All Saints church and from the barn to the church is the site of what was the small village of Godwick.
The Great Barn was built towards the end of the 16th Century by Sir Edward Coke at the east end of the street at Godwick and effectively ceased the village having any sense of community. The barn itself may have been referred to locally as a barracks and has had many uses over the years, including a garrison housing 200 troops during the reign of Charles II.
Barracks also refer to buildings used to house livestock with living quarters above and this could have been the early of use of the barn and hence why it has three floors at the north end. Its large size, unusually sharp, pitched roof, amazing timber framed beams and ornate architectural features of its western facade do make it a truly unique barn.
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