Record Details

NHER Number:8138
Type of record:Building
Name:Church of St Mary and St Margaret, Sprowston


The majority of this building dates to the 14th century, although the arch of an earlier round tower remains. The clerestory, chapel and some windows were added in the 15th centuy, and the south nave clerestory was rebuilt in 1725 in the Classical style. The brick tower dates to around 1780, and there were major alterations during Boardman's 1889-1890 restoration.

Of particular interest is the remarkable assemblage of tombs contained within the church. These include a number to the Corbet family dated 1559, 1607 and 1617, as well as others to Christopher Knolles (1610, and Sir Thomas Adams (1667) who had been Mayor of London.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 2495 1252
Map Sheet:TG21SW

Full description

Formerly with round tower of which Saxo-Norman arch remains. Majority of building 14th century in at least two periods, with clerestory, chapel and some windows added in 15th. South nave clerestory rebuilt in 1725 in Classical style, and tower rebuilt in brick around 1780, in both cases reusing the Perpendicular tracery. Major 19th century alterations including rebuilding of south side of chancel.
Listed Grade I because of the remarkable assemblage of sculptured tombs of the 17th and 18th centuries.
Fragment of possible cross in graveyard.
See full report in file (S1).
Compiled by E. Rose (NLA), 8 November 1993.

1991. Field Observation.
Vault discovered and investigated.
Information to come.

March 2009.
Proposal to replace current timber and wire mesh doors with new timber and glass doors.
See (S2)
H. White (NLA), 1 April 2009

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Late Saxon to 21st Century - 851 AD? to 2100 AD)
  • CROSS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PISCINA (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)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FONT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • WINDOW (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • Xbell frame (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • Xtile pavement (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building
  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TG2412A-B.
---Monograph: Bryant, T. H. 1905. Hundred of Taverham. The Churches of Norfolk. Vol XV. pp 137-149.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N. and Wilson, B. 1997. Norfolk 1: Norwich and North-East. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. pp 671-672; Pl 85.
---Publication: A Guide to St Mary's & St Margaret's Church. Sprowston..
---Leaflet: Roy W. Tricker. 1976. Parish Church of St. Mary and St. Margaret Sprowston, History and Guide..
---Leaflet: 2005. A guide to Parish Church of SS Mary & Margaret, Sprowston..
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N. 1962. North-East Norfolk and Norwich. The Buildings of England. 1st Edition. pp 290-291; Pl 44a.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. 1993. Building Report.. Building Report.
<S2>Illustration: Various. Various. Architectural plans.

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