Built for the Rising family, Martham
House was one of the grandest brick houses in
Martham. Made of local Martham red brick from our
own brickworks, it was extended in the nineteenth
century as landowners became wealthier.
Tie bars indicate that there was some
concern about the stability of the building at some
point in more recent years. The tall sash windows
made the rooms light and airy.
Ann Meakin writes:
Once brick building was under way in
Martham all the major farmers displayed their prosperity
by adding a new wing to their house and Martham house
was no exception.
When you walk around the village
notice Grove House and Grange Farm. Martham Hall
had a rear extension. They are classic examples of
mid 19th century wealth I think. Soon after
that, farming began to suffer from competition from
abroad. In some cases they built a new house
- Manor Farm house in Back Lane and Elmside for example.
Fine Flemish Bond brick work and
narrow 18th Century lime mortar indicates highly
professional building for the wealthy
The delicate alcoves and
sophisticated plasterwork indicate a typical late
eighteenth century taste.