Record Details

NHER Number:8515
Type of record:Building
Name:St Helen's Church, Ranworth


This church is mainly in the Decorated style (about 1290-1350) but was altered in the Perpendicular period (about 1350-1530). It contains exceptional examples of woodwork including the finest rood screen in Norfolk, dating to 1419. It is also blessed with a number of good brasses and monuments. Finds from the churchyard comprise a medieval tile and iron key along with a 19th century reliquary. Unsurprisingly this church is one of sixty-five Norfolk churches selected amongst the 1000 best churches in England.

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Grid Reference:TG 3560 1476
Map Sheet:TG31SE

Full description

Decorated, altered in Perpendicluar period.
Contains exceptional woodwork including finest rood screen in Norfolk, 1419, and good brasses and monuments. Also an antiphoner 1478 (at NCM on loan during winter months).
Found in churchyard: 14th century tile, iron key, 19th century reliquary.
Listed grade I.
See details in file.
E. Rose (NAU) 4 December 1989.

This is one of the sixty five Norfolk churches selected for (S1).
D. Gurney (NLA) 17 February 2006.

March 2009.
Proposals to repair and rebuild a section of the churchyard wall.
See photographs in file
H. White (NLA), 7 April 2009

February 2012.
It has been suggested that the choir stalls may once have been at St Benet's Abbey (NHER 5199). One of the misericords depicts the gatehouse and mill (see digital photo), but this dates to 1998 (S3).
D. Gurney (HES), 27 February 2012.

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Medieval to Modern - 1290 AD to 2050 AD)

Associated Finds

  • BOOK (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FLOOR TILE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • KEY (LOCKING) (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MUSICAL INSTRUMENT (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)
  • KEY (LOCKING) (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • MUSICAL INSTRUMENT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • RELIQUARY (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TG3514A-B, M-X.
---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1996. TG 3514AC.
---Serial: Pevsner, N.. The Buildings of England..
---Leaflet: Ranworth Church..
---Leaflet: E.D. Everard. Visitor's guide to Ranworth Church..
---Leaflet: Simon Cotton & Roy Tricker. Saint Andrew Burlingham.
---Leaflet: n.d.. Welcome to St Helen's Church, Ranworth.
---Article in Serial: Whittingham, A. 1980. Ranworth Church. Archaeological Journal. Vol 137 pp 291-292.
---Article in Serial: Plummer, P. 1980. The Ranworth Rood Screen. Archaeological Journal. Vol 137 pp 292-295.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Monograph: Jenkins, S.. 2000. England's Thousand Best Churches..
<S2>Graphic Material: Various. Various. Architectural plans..
<S3>Publication: Patricia Mockridge. n.d.. The Parish Church of St. Helen's, Ranworth. The Cathedral of the Broads..

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