Record Details

NHER Number:10793
Type of record:Building
Name:St Andrew's Church

Summary

This small, picturesque church dates mainly to the 13th century. However, the round tower is Anglo Saxon in date, although the sparkling octagonal top section is an obvious later addition. Additionally, the church underwent renovations in the 19th century - at which point the spire was added. Features of note include a finely carved Norman doorway with tiny floral motifs, the beautiful soaring arch and beautifully carved wooden head in the chancel as well as the wooden carving of the Stuart Royal Arms adorning the tower arch. The fact that human remains in the churchyard date to a range of periods suggests that it may have been a burial site before the erection of the church.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TM 0283 8767
Map Sheet:TM08NW
Parish:QUIDENHAM, BRECKLAND, NORFOLK

Full description

Round tower with conglomerate and possibly lava, and original attachment to nave. See (S1).
Probably late 11th century Norman north doorway and fragments. Otherwise church all around 1300 with some 15th century additions including octagonal belfry. Total renovation in 19th century, and spire added. 17th century monuments and poor box.
Churchyard said to contain large amounts of random human remains - possible pre-church burial ground?
See (S2), footnote.
See report in file. Newspaper cutting in file (S3).
Listed Grade I.
E. Rose (NAU) 30 August 1989.

Late Saxon-Medieval pottery from churchyard.
E. Rose (NLA).

Monument Types

  • INHUMATION (Prehistoric - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • INHUMATION (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • ROUND TOWERED CHURCH (Late Saxon to Post Medieval - 851 AD to 1900 AD)
  • SITE (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • SITE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • SITE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • HUMAN REMAINS (Undated)
  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PISCINA (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TM 0287A.
---Serial: Pevsner, N. & Wilson, B.. 1989. The Buildings of England. Norfolk 2: North-West and South..
---Monograph: Mortlock, D. & Roberts, C.. 1981. The Popular Guide to Norfolk Churches.. No 1.
---Leaflet: A History of Saint Andrew's Church, Quidenham, Norfolk.. Postprint, East Harling.
---Archive: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Late Saxon. Quidenham.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Publication: Taylor, H. M. and Taylor, J. 1965. Anglo-Saxon Architecture.
<S2>Publication: Dunkenfeld-Astley, H. (ed). 1908. Memorials of Old Norfolk. pp 2-3.
<S3>Newspaper Article: 22 August 19. Eastern Daily Press.

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