Record Details

NHER Number:4464
Type of record:Monument
Name:Site of St Michael's Church, Roxham (Ryston, poorly located)


Church associated with the now deserted settlement of Roxham, believed to have been abandoned by the 16th century. Although the exact location of the church is unknown the village of Roxham appears to have lain in the vicinity of Roxham Farm, in an area where a range of potentially reltated cropmark features have been identified (see NHER 16534 for further details).

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St Michael's Church, Roxham (now part of Ryston parish).

Lost church associated with the now deserted village of Roxham. This settlement is mentioned in Domesday and disputes over enclosures are recorded in 1653. Roxham is marked on Faden's map of 1797 (S1) as being around Roxham Farm (TL 638 997) and it is therefore likely that cropmark features identified in this area were associated with this settlement (NHER 16534).

As noted in (S2) the church appears to have been abandoned by the 16th century and its location is now unclear. According to notes made by R. R. Clarke (S3) the site of the church was "known to Colonel Pratt of Roxham Hall". This information has probably been taken from (S4), which states that "the ancient site [of the church] was discovered in 1921 from a map now owned by Lt.-Col. E.R. Pratt M.C.". This may be a reference to a map of 1566 (S5) which is recorded on (S6) as showing the location of the church. A copy was seen by the NAU but unfortunately the symbolic nature of the map and the lack of a scale mean that it is impossible to locate the church other than in the general area of Roxham Farm (S7).

According to (S8) traces of the church were visible not far from the school, but this is disputed by (S6), which states that there is "…no trace or local knowledge of church remains in the vicinity of the old Fordham/Roxham school…at TL 6235 9983". The tithe map also apparently shows nothing of relevance at this location.
E. Rose (NAU), 17 December 1984. Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 20 September 2017.

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Monograph: Bryant, T. H. 1904. Hundred of Clackclose. The Churches of Norfolk. Vol XIII. pp 190-191.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Publication: Faden, W. and Barringer, J. C. 1989. Faden's Map of Norfolk in 1797.
<S2>Monograph: Batcock, N. 1991. The Ruined and Disused Churches of Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology. No 51. Microfiche 5:G12. No 207; p 54.
<S3>Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Medieval. Ryston.
<S4>Directory: Kelly, E. 1933. Kelly's Directory of Norfolk.
<S5>Map: 1566. Map of the waste lands of Methwold and Hilgay manors.
<S6>Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TL 69 NW 2b [2].
<S7>Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
<S8>Publication: Messent, C. J. W. 1931. The Ruined Churches of Norfolk.

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