Record Details

NHER Number:425
Type of record:Building
Name:St Michael-at-Plea's Church, Redwell Street, Norwich

Summary

A 15th century and later former parish church, on the site of an earlier church, restored in 1887 and extended in the 1980s. The pinnacled west tower with its clock is mainly 19th century work. The chancel has been converted into a café and the nave is an SPCK bookshop.

Images

  • A trial hole dug inside St Michael at Plea in Norwich revealed evidence of an earlier nave  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service
  • The nave of St Michael at Plea in Norwich  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service

Location

Grid Reference:TG 23233 08743
Map Sheet:TG20NW
Parish:NORWICH, NORWICH, NORFOLK

Full description

Former parish church now redundant. 15th century flint with stone and brick dressings. Lead roofs. West tower, nave and chancel. North and south transepts, south chancel chapel. South porch.Three stage tower.
For more details see (S1).
'St Michael's Wymer, St Michael at Mot stone' in existence by 1190-1200.
Probably earlier, see (S4).
R. R. Clarke (NCM).

Extended in 1980 and 1986.

1979-80. East end excavation to prop up church.
Anglo-Saxon rim, Thetford ware.
Medieval sherds including stamped. Green glazed Grimston.
W. Milligan (NCM).

February 1986. Watching brief. Contexts 1 to 7 used.
Conversion of church of St Michael-at-Plea entailed excavation work in three areas.
(1) The southeast chapel where the floor was lowered by about 50cm.
Only rubble, probably 19th century in date, observed (2).
(3) Drainage trench uncovered a wall of dressed flint (five courses) surmounted by one course of brickwork. It was rendered on its west (interior) face. Wall was running south towards the north wall of the chancel.
One fragmentary skeleton uncovered at base.
Finds include ?early medieval ware.
During work on the fabric of the church painted fragments of biblical texts observed on south wall of the chancel immediately east of arch to the southeast chapel and on the south wall of that chapel.

Photographs of restoration in file.
Painted panels of 14th/15th century date from the church are now in the Cathedral.
E. Rose (NLA), 5 January 2001.

April 2004.
Report that holes dug in floor of nave without archaeological supervision. (Church, property of Norwich Historic Churches Trust, formerly an antiques bazaar now being converted to SPCK Bookshop)
Visited by E. Rose (NLA) but could not gain access; however, spoilheap clearly visible through window.
Further report to come from A. Hutcheson (NLA). It was however noted on this occasion that the southeast chapel has an external stoup which reuses a Norman bowl.
E. Rose (NLA), 30 April 2004.

April 2004. Hole dug on north side of nave.
Found evidence of a former wall; probably north wall of previous nave.
See photographs in file and CD on digital storage shelf.
A. Hutcheson (NLA), 30 April 2004.

August 2004. NAU watching brief. From context 10.
Details to come.
J. Allen (NLA), 23 August 2004.

See photographs (S5) and (S6), press cutting (S7) along with pamphlet (S8) in file.
T. Sunley (NLA) 5 November 2007.

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • CHURCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WALL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • ANIMAL REMAINS (Undated)
  • HUMAN REMAINS (Undated)
  • POT (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • HUMAN REMAINS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • WALL PAINTING (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Website: Knott, S.. 2005. http://www.norfolkchurches.co.uk/norwichmichaelplea/norwichmichaelatplea.htm.
---Unpublished document: NCM Staff. 1973-1989. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card - Norwich.
---Archive: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Norwich - Post Roman.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Scheduling record: English Heritage. List of Buildings of Historical and Architectural Interest.
<S2>Publication: Messent, C. J. W. 1932. The City Churches of Norwich. pp 60-63.
<S3>Publication: Cox, J. C. 1911. Country Churches: Norfolk. Vol II. p 184.
<S4>Monograph: West, J. R. 1932. St. Benet of Holme, 1020-1210. Introductory essay on the eleventh and twelfth century sections of Cott. Ms. Galba E.ii, the register of the abbey of St. Benet of Holme. Norfolk Record Society Publications. Vol III. p 65.
<S5>Photograph: Hutcheson, A.. 2004.
<S6>Photograph: FWF.
<S7>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 7 Sept 1998.
<S8>Publication: Norwich Historic Churches Trust. 2003. St Michael at Plea.

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