Record Details

NHER Number:10970
Type of record:Monument
Name:St Margaret's Church, Tivetshall St Margaret


St Margaret’s Church is a strong flint and stone church situated within the flat agricultural land of south Norfolk. Both the square crenellated tower and the surprising tall chancel date to the 1300s, and the lower nave has some stringently Perpendicular style windows.

Inside, the tympanum screen above the chancel arch, with elaborate Royal arms of Elizabeth I, is a surprising survival, indicative of how the interior of the church has remained undisturbed. A number of 15th century bench ends survive, as do fragments of 14th century stained glass in the east window.


  • The tympanum screen inside St Margaret's Church, Tivetshall St Margaret. Photograph from  © S. Knott


Grid Reference:TM 1637 8703
Map Sheet:TM18NE

Full description

Saxon to Norman; around 1300; Decorated and Perpendicular work.
Unusual Royal Arms, on the surviving tympanum, of Elizabeth I.

See (S1).
For full details see secondary file.

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Late Saxon to Post Medieval - 851 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • WINDOW (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FONT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PISCINA (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • ROOD SCREEN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TM 1687C-E.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2009. Historic churches awarded millions of pounds for essential maintenance work. 4 March.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2010. Rare church feature to receive protection. 21 May.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, W. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. pp 735-736.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N. 1962. North-West and South Norfolk. The Buildings of England. 1st Edition. pp 356-357; Pl 39a.
---Leaflet: Tivetshall St Mary with St Margaret.
---Photograph: 1991. Photographs of St Margaret's Church, Tivetshall St Mary. Colour and Black and White.
---Publication: c.1830. Ladbrokes drawing of St Margaret's Church, Tivetshall St Mary.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1976. Unique carving in church saved. 5 April.

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