Record Details

NHER Number:3732
Type of record:Building
Name:St Mary's church, Tittleshall


St Mary's church has a aisleless Perpendicular style nave lit by transomed windows, but the chancel and west tower are in the Decorated style. The chancel has a massive magnificent Decorated five-light window with reticulated tracery, and there is a very elaborately moulded tower arch on the west tower. In addition, Tittleshall is particularly notable in that it is the final resting place for many of the Coke family during the post medieval period. The Coke family bought the Tittleshall manor following the reformation, as part of the expansion of the Holkham Estate, and chose to be buried in this church, where a number of fine monuments can be found dating from 1598.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 8949 2112
Map Sheet:TF82SE

Full description

Decorated and Perpendicular style (14th-15th centuries) with Coke Mausoleum around 1700.
For full details see report in file.
E. Rose (NAU), 3 June 1981.

See leaflet, colour photographs in file. See also conservation report on the Coke monuments (S1).
A. Rogerson (NLA), 12 September 2002.

This is one of the sixty five Norfolk churches selected for (S2).
D. Gurney (NLA), 17 February 2006.

The Coke Mausoleum includes the velvet-covered coffin of Thomas Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester (d.1759).
Curiously, the motif at the head end of the coffin was applied inverted (S3).
D. Gurney (HES), 22 July 2011.

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Medieval to 21st Century - 1066 AD? to 2100 AD)
  • MAUSOLEUM (Post Medieval - 1540 AD? to 1900 AD?)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TF8921 X-Y.
---Article in Serial: Plunkett, G. A. F. 1979. Norfolk Church Screens - 1865 Survey. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XXXVII Pt II pp 178-189. p 188.
---Monograph: Bryant, T. H. 1903. Hundred of Launditch. The Churches of Norfolk. pp 215-228.
---Publication: Hills, N.. The Coke Memorials.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, W. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. pp 734-735; Pl 101.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N. 1962. North-West and South Norfolk. The Buildings of England. 1st Edition. p 356; Pl 46.
---Leaflet: Tittleshall, Church of St Mary the Virgin..
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Photograph: AS 18-19.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2001. [Article on the memorials at Mary's church, Tittleshall]. 5 January.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2001. A legal giant ahead of his time. 20 July.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Unpublished Report: The Skillington Workshop. 1997. St Mary's Church, Tittleshall, Norfolk. Report on the Coke Monuments.
<S2>Publication: Jenkins, S. 2000. England's Thousand Best Churches.
<S3>Publication: Julian Litten. 2011. Conservation Bulletin. Issue 66, Summer 2011.

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