Record Details

NHER Number:6354
Type of record:Monument
Name:Site of St Mary Magdalen's Church and leper hospital

Summary

This is the supposed site of St Mary's Church. The church, which may be a Late Saxon foundation, lost its parochial status in 1232 and became a leper hospital; it was relocated (see NHER 5890) before 1272 because townspeople objected to the proximity of the lepers. This leper hospital is not to be confused with St John's leper hospital (NHER 5755).

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Location

Grid Reference:TL 8727 8306
Map Sheet:TL88SE
Parish:THETFORD, BRECKLAND, NORFOLK

Full description

Site of church. Castle Street was Great Magdalen Street, Magdalen Street was Little Magdalen Street.
The grid reference is the site given by (S1) who claimed to see masonry remains in standing buildings here around 1870 (information from R.R. Clarke (NCM)). But (S2) marks it further north; this is followed in (S3) but as A. Rogerson (NAU) remarks, this map is diagrammatic and contains errors.
The church, which may be a Late Saxon foundation, lost its parochial status in 1232 and became a leper hospital; it was removed to NHER 5890 before 1272 because townspeople objected to the proximity of the lepers.
Correction to previous information which had confused this with St John's leper hospital, NHER 5755.
E. Rose (NAU), 24 March 1986.

The confusion was due to the existence of a separate leper hospital of St John the Baptist, founded in the 12th century, which (S1) suggests was suppressed and annexed to St Mary's. Its site is debatable; informant [1] suggests it may be the remains usually thought to be St Lawrence's (NHER 5910).
E. Rose (NAU), 7 April 1986.

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Late Saxon to Medieval - 851 AD? to 1232 AD)
  • LEPER HOSPITAL (Medieval - 1232 AD to 1272 AD?)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---(No record type): Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Medieval. Thetford.
<S1>Monograph: Leigh-Hunt, A.. 1870. The Capital of the Ancient Kingdom of East Anglia..
<S2>Map: Burrell, G. B.. 1807. Map of Thetford.
<S3>Monograph: Dunmore, S. & Carr, R.. 1976. The Late Saxon Town of Thetford: An archaeological and historical survey.. East Anglian Archaeology. Vol 4.

Related records

5890Related to: Site St Mary Magdalen's leper hospital (Monument)

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