Record Details

NHER Number:4092
Type of record:Building
Name:Remains of Church of St. Paul, Kempstone

Summary

A ruined Late Saxon, medieval and later parish church. Sections of the nave date to the 11th century and in the south wall is a Late Saxon window. The chancel was added during the 14th century, the tower was built in the 15th century and various alterations and additions were made during the 18th and 19th centuries. By the end of the 19th century the church was disused and partly ruined. A new nave roof was added in 1904, but it had collapsed by the 1950s. The chancel arch and most of the chancel roof collapsed between 1978 and 1983. Medieval decorated floor tiles have been collected from the site.

Images

  • St Paul's Church, Kempstone, a Late Saxon, medieval and later parish church, drawn in the 19th century  © Norfolk County Council
  • The ruins of St Paul's Church, Kempstone, a Late Saxon, medieval and later parish church  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service

Location

Grid Reference:TF 8863 1605
Map Sheet:TF81NE
Parish:KEMPSTONE, BRECKLAND, NORFOLK

Full description

Late Saxon window. Main building Decorated to Perpendicular, ruinous. Floor tiles and lava quern from rubble given to NCM.
Bier at St Peter Hungate Museum, Norwich.
See notes and copy of survey (S1) in file.
See section of (S2) and photographs (S3) in file.

April 2006.
Sections of the nave date to the 11th century. The chancel was added during the 14th century, the tower was built in the 15th century and various alterations and additions were made during the 18th and 19th centuries. By the end of the 19th century the church was disused and partly ruined. A new nave roof was added in 1904, but it had collapsed by the 1950s. The chancel arch and most of the chancel roof collapsed between 1978 and 1983.
Information from (S2).
D. Robertson (NLA), 3 April 2006.


May 2005
Collapsed south wall of nave which contained the double-splayed window. The distinctive triangular flint keystone recorded in Batcock has been recovered and stored at Gressenhall for possible re-use.
S.Heywood (HES), 15 June 2016

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • CHURCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CHURCH (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • QUERN (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • ARCHITECTURAL FRAGMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FLOOR TILE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • KEYSTONE (Medieval - 1070 AD to 1100 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TF8816 X,Y.
---Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1077482.
---Monograph: Bryant, T. H. 1903. Hundred of Launditch. The Churches of Norfolk. pp 118-121.
---Aerial Photograph: CUCAP. TF 8816AE-AF.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TF 81 NE 7 [2].
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Illustration: Ladbrooke. [unknown].
---Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, W. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. p 450.
---Photograph: Photographs of remains of Church of St. Paul, Kempston. Black & white.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Slide: Various. Slide.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Rogerson, A.. 1978. Kempstone St Paul.
<S2>Monograph: Batcock, N. 1991. The Ruined and Disused Churches of Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology. No 51. Microfiche 5:G12. No 48; pp 51, 97-101.
<S3>Photograph: ZV, ZW, BBL21-36, (AR31-32 Ladbrooke).

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