Record Details

NHER Number:9608
Type of record:Building
Name:St Andrew's Church, Eaton


This church is fortunate not to be overshadowed by the road bypass, as is the case with much of the old village. It dates mainly to the 13th century church but incorporates Norman fragments and a later 15th century tower. It is the only church left in Norfolk to feature a thatched roof, but it lost a few original architectural details during hefty restorations in 1860. The interior is tidy, with sturdy pews and a font brought here from Sandringham in 1896. There are also extensive and important wall paintings, but sadly these are now only partly visible. Nevertheless it is a pleasant building and worth a visit.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 2026 0596
Map Sheet:TG20NW

Full description

13th century, with reused Norman fragments. Tower 15th century.
Extensive and important wallpaintings now only partly visible.
See report (S1) and press cuttings (S2), (S3), (S4) and drawings (S5) in file.
E. Rose (NLA) 28 June 1991.

March 1992. Field Observation.
Carried out during building works for an extension south of the tower. This revealed solid masonry foundation of flint in mortar which was at least 1 meter deep and which ran parallel to, slightly under and just south of the south west wall of the tower. This does not appear to have any relation to the 15th century tower and a change in the masonry level may suggest that the tower could have been octagonal.
See plan (S6), profile and report in file. The results of this work are also summarised in (S7) and (S8).
D. Gurney (NLA) 18 March 1992 amended by M. Langham-Lopez (HES), 1 July 2013.

5-7 May 2000. Watching Brief.
No archaeological finds or features were recorded.
See report (S8) for further details.
A. Cattermole (NLA) 24 January 2007.

Originally recorded in the parish of Eaton, now part of Norwich.

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Medieval to 21st Century - 1066 AD to 2100 AD)

Associated Finds

  • NAIL (Undated)
  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FONT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PISCINA (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WALL PAINTING (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BUTTON (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • FONT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • THIMBLE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Article in Serial: Boileau, J. P. 1862. Notes on some Mural Paintings lately discovered in Eaton Church. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol VI pp 161-170.
---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 345-346.
---Monograph: Mortlock, D. & Roberts, C.. 1981. The Popular Guide to Norfolk Churches.. No 1.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Medieval. Eaton.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Slide: Various. Slide.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
---Photograph: FQS.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. 1991. Building Report.. Building Report.
<S2>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1988-1993. [Articles on the extension at St Andrew's Church, Eaton].
<S3>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1993. Parish celebrates new extension. 18 June.
<S4>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1990. Huge boost to church appeal. 14 December.
<S5>Illustration: Various. Various. Architectural plans.
<S6>Map: Finder's Map..
<S7>Article in Serial: Nenk, B. S., Margeson, S. and Hurley, M. 1993. Medieval Britain and Ireland in 1992. Medieval Archaeology. Vol XXXVII pp 240-313. p 274.
<S8>Article in Serial: Gurney, D. (ed.). 1993. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk 1992. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLI Pt IV pp 522-532. p 526.
<S9>Unpublished Contractor Report: Phillips, C. 1999. Report on an Archaeological Watching Brief at St Andrew's Church, Eaton, Norwich. Norfolk Archaeological Unit. 441.

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