Record Details

NHER Number:7665
Type of record:Building
Name:St Margaret's Church, Stratton Strawless


This church has Saxo-Norman origins, but is also notable for incorporating a great quantity of Roman tile in the 14th century chancel. The tower dates to the 15th century but has been subject to several alterations. Inside, one of the aisles contains the very important 17th century Marsham tombs. However, much of the interior was remodelled in the Gothick style in around 1830.

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Grid Reference:TG 2216 2076
Map Sheet:TG22SW

Full description

Church of Saxo-Norman origins, contains much Roman tile in 14th century chancel. 15th century tower and alterations.
Aisle contains very important 17th century Marsham tombs. Interior of church remodelled in Gothick style dating to around 1830 - important example.
See report (S1) and article (S2) in file. Letter (S3) with photographs (S4), various correspondence (S5), early 20th century articles (S6), further 2002 photographs (S7) and article on Marsham memorials (S8) in file. Briefs, agendas, minutes and specifications for tower repairs (S9), (S10), (S11), (S12) and (S13) also in file. Listed (S14).
See also (S16).
E. Rose (NLA), 4 December 2001.

See file for report of work by the Skillington Workshop in 2005/6 which suggests that the Gothick interior is the result of the late 19th century restoration. Hitherto unrecorded rood stair recorded. Bone handled iron knife found within monument of c.1638 (S15).
A. Rogerson (NLA), 14 May 2007.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • CHURCH (Medieval to Modern - 1066 AD to 2050 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • ROOF TILE (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FONT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PISCINA (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • KNIFE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • WINDOW (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building
  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Unpublished document: Rose, E.. 2001. Building Report..
<S2>Unpublished document: Powell, A.G.. 1915. Stratton Strawless Parish Church IN Stratton Strawless Parish Magazine.
<S3>Correspondence: Foreman, P., The Rectory, Hevingham. 1993. Letter to Mrs Wilson, NCM. 12 May.
<S4>Photograph: 1983. Head of a young male saint; Stained glass, Norwich School c. 1460 to 1480.
<S5>Correspondence: 2001/2. Various.
<S6>Unpublished document: Powell, A.G.. 1902 to 1916. History of 'Our Parish' Stratton Strawless, written by A. E. Powell of The Beeches Farm, 1902 to 1916.
<S7>Photograph: 2002. St Margaret's Church Stratton Strawles, tower, Spring 2002.
<S8>Unpublished document: 2003. The monument to Thomas Marsham (d. 1638); Stratton Strawless Church, Norfolk: Monuments report, May 2003. Page 7.
<S9>Unpublished document: NMAS/NLA. 2001. Brief for St Margaret's Church, Stratton Strawless, Norfolk. 2 May.
<S10>Unpublished document: Warns, N., Architect. 2001. Agenda for site meeting. November.
<S11>Unpublished document: 2001. Tower Repairs 2001. Minutes of Site Meeting Number One.
<S12>Unpublished document: 2002. Minutes of Site Meeting Number Two. January.
<S13>Unpublished document: Warns, N., Architect. 2001. Specification For Tower Repairs, St Margaret's Church, Stratton Strawless, Norfolk.
<S14>Scheduling record: English Heritage. List of Buildings of Historical and Architectural Interest.
<S15>Unpublished document: Archaeological Recording at the Church of St Margaret, Stratton Strawless, Norfolk (TG222208).
<S16>Article in serial: Gurney, D. and Penn, K. (eds). 2002. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk, 2001. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLIV Pt I pp 162-177. p 176.

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