Record Details

NHER Number:10824
Type of record:Building
Name:All Saints' Church, Wilby, Quidenham


The majority of the fabric of this church dates to the 14th century and is in the Decorated style. The interior of the church was refurbished after a fire in 1633, and it is worth noting that the base of the rood screen is Jacobean in origin and was intended to mark the end of the chancel. Trenching in the churchyard recovered fragments of medieval pottery and stained glass.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TM 0310 8990
Map Sheet:TM08NW

Full description

Mostly 14th century Decorated style, interior refurnished after fire 1633 (S1).
Clock face from West Tofts and works from East Dereham installed 1980.

8 January 1981.
Context 1: in spoil heap of dry area trench west of tower: fragment of stained glass.
Context 2: from four locations in disturbed ground south and east of chancel: four medieval coarse bodysherds.
Artefacts held by NCM.
A. Rogerson (NAU) 24 March 1981.

April 2000. Bell and bellframe survey.
A new bell frame was installed after a fire in 1633. Two bells date from 1634 and three from 1736. The bell gear dates from 1900.
See (S2) for details
H. White, (NLA), 30 September 2009

Base of rood screen, with gates, remained in 1865 (see (S3)). Grade I for interior.
For details of the bells see file.
However, (S4) states that the refitting was in 1637-8 and the interior still retains a perfect pre-Ecclesiological north-south layout of the single cell type.
E. Rose (NLA) 24 May 2002.

Yes, (S5) confirms that the fire was 1633 but the communion rails, etc. are 1637.
E. Rose (NLA) 1 October 2005.

The 'base of the rood screen' is in fact a low Jacobean screen intended to mark off the chancel but not hide it (S6).
E. Rose (NLA) 13 December 2005.

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CHURCH (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • STAINED GLASS (WINDOW) (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TM 0389A,B.
---Leaflet: St Mary the Virgin, Eccles and All Saints', Wilby..
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Monograph: Pevsner, N & Wilson, W. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South (2nd Ediiton). The Buildings of England.
<S2>Unpublished document: Cattermole, P.. 2000. Inventory of church bells and bell-frames in Norfolk.
<S3>Article in serial: Plunkett, G. A. F. 1979. Norfolk Church Screens - 1865 Survey. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XXXVII Pt II pp 178-189. p 189.
<S4>Monograph: Yates, N.. 2000. Buildings, Faith and Worship: the liturgical arrangement of Anglican Churches 1600-1900.. pp 79, 202.
<S5>Monograph: Cooper, T.. 2001. The journal of William Dowsing: iconoclasm in East Anglia during the English Civil War.. p115.
<S6>Article in monograph: Yule, G.. 1994. James VI and I, Furnishing the churches.. Religion Culture and Society in early Modern Britain. Fletcher, A. & Roberts, P.. pp 186 ff.

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