Record Details

NHER Number:10072
Type of record:Monument
Name:Site of St Mary's Church, Little Wacton


This is the site of the parish church of Little Wacton. It became a chapel in 1500, fell into disrepair in 1510 but was in use again in 1522 when the tower was used as a dovecote. In 1976 and 1978 a number of Late Saxon, medieval and post medieval pottery sherds were recovered from the site. In 1981 a fragment of Caen stone was found here, presumably a remnant of the church.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TM 1743 9169
Map Sheet:TM19SE

Full description

Became a chapel, 1500; decayed 1510; in use 1522; tower made into dovecote. Ordnance Survey claim village stood around hall 0.5 miles south (see NHER 10063).

1976 and 1978.
[1] found glazed tiles here - Flemish, see list in file (Context 1).
Also Late Saxon, medieval and post medieval sherds.
Finds held by NCM.

2 October 1979. Visited by E. Rose (NAU).
Site is a ploughed field.

Caen stone fragment found.
'The church of Wacton Parva is demolished' - 1655 Ecclesiastical records of Commonwealth.
Information from Lambeth Palace COMM XIIc Vol 2-3 via member of the public [2].
E. Rose (NAU) 7 August 1986.

19 June 1988. Surface finds.
Flemish medieval floor tiles.
Two yellow, glaze over slip; two green glaze; two uncertain also shelly limestone fragment.
Finds held by NCM.
Identifications by A. Rogerson (NAU) June 1988.
A. Rogerson (NAU) June 1988.

Appropriate section from reference (S1) in file.

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1500 AD)
  • CHAPEL (Medieval to Modern - 1500 AD to 2050 AD)
  • DOVECOTE (Medieval to Modern - 1522 AD to 2050 AD)

Associated Finds

  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • FLOOR TILE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • TILE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Medieval. Wacton.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Monograph: Batcock, N. 1991. The Ruined and Disused Churches of Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology. No 51. Microfiche 5:G12. No 245; p 55.

Related records

10063Related to: Wacton Hall and possible site of Little Wacton deserted medieval village (Building)

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