Record Details

NHER Number:1665
Type of record:Building
Name:St Ethelbert's Church, Thurton


One of the most striking things about St Ethelbert's Church is its beautiful Norman south doorway. There is also a smaller, less extravagent Norman door to the north, now blocked. The windows in the nave and chancel date to around 1300, and they are all under one thatched roof. Inside a wall painting of St Christopher, dating to around 1500, has been uncovered, and there are a number of fragments of stained glass from the 15th to 18th centuries.


  • St Ethelbert's Church, Thurton.  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service


Grid Reference:TG 3280 0065
Map Sheet:TG30SW

Full description

St Ethelbert's Church.
Norman nave with fine south door. Windows and probably extended chancel, early 14th century. West tower inserted in existing nave around 1510, with small rooms formed to each side; unusual construction. 16th century porch to south, 16th century butresses to west. 18th century butresses to north.
Restoration 1889.
Some wallpaintings found 1988.
Collection of foreign stained glass.
See full details in file.
E. Rose (NAU), 18 April 1988.

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Medieval to 21st Century - 1066 AD? to 2100 AD)
  • WALL PAINTING (14th Century to 21st Century - 1400 AD? to 2100 AD)

Associated Finds

  • WINDOW GLASS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1050637.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1984. Run to help glass repair. 12 May.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1989. [Photograph of St Ethelbert's Church, Thurton]. 3 April.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1990. Wind-hit church is restored. 4 May.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1989-1991. [Articles on the medieval paining of St Cristopher in St Ethelbert's Church, Thurton]. 7 February.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2003. Undercover fate for painting. 24 January.
---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. p 728.
---Leaflet: Stedman, M. et al. 1978. Eleven Churches - A Guide to the Bramerton Group, Norfolk. Norwich Printing Services. pp 56-61.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.

Related records - none

Find out more...

Norfolk County Council logo Heritage Lottery Fund logo

Powered by HBSMR-web and the HBSMR Gateway from exeGesIS SDM Ltd, and mojoPortal CMS
© 2007 - 2020 Norfolk Historic Environment Service