Record Details

NHER Number:6050
Type of record:Building
Name:St Mary's Church, Bridgham

Summary

A medieval church, consisting of a nave, chancel and north porch. There are traces of a fallen west tower, but the bell now hangs in an aerial shed on the west end of the nave roof. The building dates to the 14th century, the north porch to the 15th. Inside, there is a Norman font, 18th century wall paintings, and fragments of original 14th century stained glass in the two north windows of the chancel. Also, standing in the church is a 13th century bell, one of the oldest surviving examples in the country.

Images

  • The west tower of St Mary's Church, Bridgham, has collapsed  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service

Location

Grid Reference:TL 9577 8582
Map Sheet:TL98NE
Parish:BRIDGHAM, BRECKLAND, NORFOLK

Full description

27 July 1978. Visited.
Decorated style church with Perpendicular north porch. Tower fallen.
Norman font from Roudham.
See brief notes (S1) and (S2) in file. (S3).
E. Rose (NAU), 28 February 1990.

A medieval church, consisting of a nave, chancel and north porch. There are traces of a fallen west tower, but the bell now hangs in an aerial shed on the west end of the nave roof. The building dates to the 14th century, the north porch to the 15th. Inside is a Norman font, 18th century wall paintings, and fragments of original 14th century stained glass in the two north windows of the chancel. Also standing in the church is a 13th century bell, one of the oldest surviving examples in the country.
Information from (S4).
P. Aldridge (NLA), 12 October 2005.

April 2000. Bell and bellframe survey.
Two trusses from an old bell frame have long frame heads, king- posts and straight braces.
See (S5) for further details
H. White, (NLA), 29 September 2009

May 2008. Watching brief during excavation of cable trench, from context 1.
A small section of the eastern foundations of the tower abutting the west wall of the nave was revealed, and the remains of the west wall were indicated by a probable robbed out foundation trench. A small quantity of human remains were recovered and retained for reburial.
See (S6) for further information.
H.White (NLA), 29 January 2009.

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CHURCH (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FONT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FONT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PISCINA (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • ROOD SCREEN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Publication: c.1730. Martin, T,. 2.
---Unpublished document: Cattermole, P.. 2000. Inventory of church bells and bell-frames in Norfolk.
---Leaflet: St Mary the Virgin, Bridgham..
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Unpublished document: Rose, E.. 1978. Building Report.. 27 July.
<S2>Newspaper Article: 1987. Eastern Daily Press. 10 August.
<S3>Scheduling record: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England.
<S4>Serial: Pevsner, N.. The Buildings of England..
<S6>Unpublished document: Birks, C.. 2008. Chris Birks Archaeological Services Report No. CB126R. An Archaeological Excavation at St Mary's Church, Bridgham..

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