Record Details

NHER Number:11727
Type of record:Monument
Name:Site of Shipden medieval village


The site of Shipden medieval settlement and its church, St Peter's. By 1336, part of the churchyard had been washed away by the sea, and the church had gone the same way by about 1400. The site of St Peter's is somewhere in the vicinity of the lifeboat station at the end of Cromer pier. Local people say that Church Rock, sometimes uncovered at very low tides, marks the site of the church.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 221 425
Map Sheet:TG24SW

Full description

In Domesday Book (whereas Cromer is not) and church mentioned in 1381.
Destroyed by sea in the time of Henry IV (1399-1413).

Local tradition says that Church Rock, uncovered at exceptionally low tides, marks the site.
Information from Ordnance Survey card.

However Bolingbroke Collection (S1) says that the church fell in 1350.
Fragments of squared flint are alleged to have been dredged up and still claimed by divers in 1979; but often such claims turn out to be natural formations.

9 August 1888.
Steam tug 'Victoria' of Yarmouth wrecked here.
Long visible at low water until blown up by Trinity House.
See (S2) which describes the salvage of pieces of the wreckage of the tug for Great Yarmouth Museum.
This also states that walls and doorway of the church, and footings of houses along a road were found. This seems a little imaginative.
E. Rose (NAU), 24 February 1982.

M. Warren (Cromer Museum) reports finding three large masses of mortared flint. He believes the largest is the remains of Church Rock itself which he equates with the church itself.
See his detailed report in file.
This is somewhat at variance with (S2).
Newspaper cutting (S3) in file.
E. Rose (NAU), 3 October 1985.

Appropriate section from reference (S4) in file.

Monument Types

  • BUILDING (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CHURCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DESERTED SETTLEMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WRECK (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Monograph: Harbord, R.. 2001. The Piers & Jetties of Cromer, Norfolk: A survey of historical structures on the foreshore..
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
---Unpublished Document: Harbord, R.. [Unknown]. Church Rock, Shepden alias Cromer, Norfolk..
---Unpublished Document: Warren, M. 1985. Report on a Dive on Church Rock, Cromer..
<S1>Archive: Bolingbroke Collection.
<S2>Article in Serial: Trett, P.. 1982. Marine Archaeology. Yarmouth Archaeology. Vol I, No 4.
<S3>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1979. Diver With Buoy. 12 July. 2.
<S4>Monograph: Batcock, N. 1991. The Ruined and Disused Churches of Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology, 51. Microfiche 5:G12.

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