|Type of record:||Building|
|Name:||Erpingham Gate, The Close|
Donated in about 1420 by Sir Thomas Erpingham, who commanded Henry V's archers at the Battle of Agincourt, this magnificent flint and stone gateway stands opposite the west face of the Cathedral, presenting a very tall arch towards Tombland. The arch is flanked by carved polygonal buttresses topped by statues, and both buttresses and arch are covered with sculpture and heraldry, which survive, with a little later restoration, in their entirety. A figure of Sir Thomas kneels in an elaborately carved niche set in knapped flint over the arch.
Images - none
|Grid Reference:||TG 23356 08874|
|Parish:||NORWICH, NORWICH, NORFOLK|
Gateway. 1420, restored in the 19th and 20th centuries. Flint and stone.
Large two-centre arch with three orders of mouldings with two bands of figures between, towards Tombland.
The arch is flanked by two carved panelled polygonal buttresses to spandrel height.
Shields in the spandrels. Gable with central statue niche, kneeler statues capping the buttress. Apex cross.
Information from (S1).
See schedule (S2) in file.
For a discussion of the influence of the gate on Norfolk church architecture see references (S3) and (S4).
Main reference for the gate is now (S5) page 91 which states Sir Thomas Erpingham built the gate as a memorial to himself, but his staue on it probably came from his tomb, and was moved here in 18th/19th century.
E. Rose (NLA), 9 May 2001.
- GATE (Medieval to Modern - 1420 AD to 2050 AD)
Associated Finds - none
- Scheduled Monument
- Listed Building
Sources and further reading
|---||Monograph: Pevsner, N. & Wilson, B. 1997. Norfolk 1: Norwich and North-East. The Buildings of England. |
|---||Article in serial: Whitingham, A. 1980. Gates of the Cathedral Close, Norwich. Archaeological Journal. Vol 137 p 316. |
|---||Secondary File: Secondary file. |
|<S1>||Scheduling record: English Heritage. List of Buildings of Historical and Architectural Interest. |
|<S2>||Scheduling record: English Heritage. Scheduling Report. |
|<S3>||Article in monograph: Fawcett, R. 1996. The Influence of the Gothic Parts of the Cathedral on Church Building in Norfolk. Atherton, I. et al (eds.). pp 210-227. p 223. |
|<S4>||Article in serial: Fawcett, R.. 1982. Antiquaries' Journal. Vol LXII. 2. |
|<S5>||Monograph: Curry, A. (ed). 2000. Agincourt: a new history.. p 87. |
|Mon 267||Parent of: Erpingham Gate, The Close (Monument)|
|Site 422||Parent of: Erpingham Gate, The Close (Monument)|
|377||Part of: Cathedral Close (cathedral precinct) (Monument)|
|Mon 1459||Part of: Cathedral Precinct (Monument)|
|Mon 230||Part of: Precinct Wall, The Close (Monument)|
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