Record Details

NHER Number:10971
Type of record:Building
Name:St Mary's Church, Tivetshall St Mary


St Mary’s Church is a largely ruined building in an isolated situation away from the present village. As early as the beginning of the 19th century the building was in decay, but in 1947 the church tower collapsed into the nave.

Today the ruin is still recognisable as church, the daylight streaming through the pointed east wall and large tracery window. Burials continued in the lonely graveyard despite the abandonment of the church, but the increasing danger of the ruins led to the building being stabilised by Norfolk County Council in the mid 1990s. Large parts of all the walls as well as a number of windows remain, and the earliest parts of the church may date to the 12th or 13th century.


  • Ruined St Mary's Church, Tivetshall St Mary. Photograph from  © S. Knott


Grid Reference:TM 1663 8580
Map Sheet:TM18NE

Full description

In ruins, mainly around 1300, partly earlier (undated); 15th century windows.
Full survey 1980 by A. Rogerson (NAU).

Finds of medieval pottery and stone mortarium within walls.
Medieval chalice from ground [1] and papal bull.
See full report in secondary file (S1).
Churchyard survey in secondary file.
E. Rose (NAU), 18 July 1988.

1996. Following consolidation by NCC (Norfolk County Council) in mid 1990s, new examination carried out by E. Rose (NLA).
See report in secondary file (S2).
Reused Norman or Early English stonework noted.
Compiled by E. Rose (NLA), 26 April 1996.

See ref (S3) and photographs in file.

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds

  • ARCHITECTURAL FRAGMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BULL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CHALICE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • COFFIN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FONT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • HUMAN REMAINS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MORTAR (VESSEL) (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PISCINA (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • TEXTILE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WALL PAINTING (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building
  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Photograph: ZZ 1-3 (churchyard survey), HJB 34-5.
---Aerial Photograph: TM 1685A-C.
---Serial: Pevsner, N. & Wilson, B.. 1989. The Buildings of England. Norfolk 2: North-West and South..
---Photograph: Unknown. Unknown photograph.
---Photograph: Hallam Ashley. Tivetshall St Mary.
---Photograph: Crown Copyright. 1953. Tivetshall St Mary, NMR Crown Copyright.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1977. Ghostly ruin may meet its end. 11 November.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1979. £250 to help church ruins. 4 January.
---Unpublished document: Jez Reeve. 1978. Tivetshall St Mary Graveyard Survey.
---Photograph: 1992/5. Photographs of St Mary's Church, Tivetshall St Mary. Black & white.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
---Slide: Various. Slide.
<S1>Unpublished document: Rose, E.. Building Report..
<S2>Unpublished document: Rose, E. (NLA). 1996. Building Report..
<S3>Monograph: Batcock, N. 1991. The Ruined and Disused Churches of Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology. No 51. p 108.

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