A fine 18th Century house of major historical significance itself, facing onto one of the City’s most historic squares. The house was the home as well as the drawing school of John Sell Cotman, one of the founding fathers of the Norwich School of Artists. Palace Plain (aka St Martin-at-Palace Plain) contains the 15th Century Bishop’s Gate, entrance to the Bishop’s Palace, and was scene of some of the fiercest fighting during Kett’s Rebellion in 1549. Cotman House was the third of the properties passed to the Trust by the Norwich Society. The Diocesan Board of Finance held a long lease at a low ground rent. In 1982 the Trust negotiated a sale to the Board of the freehold interest, to include a relaxation of a restrictive covenant on its use.