Record Details

NHER Number:10119
Type of record:Building
Name:St Mary's Church, Newton Flotman


This church mostly dates to the 15th century. It was hugely altered in the Victorian period. Excavations here in advance of an extension to the church revealed a number of graves, one below the foundations of the north wall. This suggests there was an earlier church on the same site.

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Grid Reference:TM 2129 9847
Map Sheet:TM29NW

Full description

Some possible early 14th century work, but almost entirely 15th century.
Highly Victorianised.
See file for description.
E. Rose (NAU), 4 September 1980.

2001. Extensions proposed.
See (S1).
D. Gurney (NLA), 13 August 2003.

May 2003. Trial Trench. Contexts 1 to 33.
Single trench excavation within footprint of proposed extension to the church building.
Revealed a number of graves. One of the burials lay partly below the foundations for the north wall of the church, below the blocked north door. Two others may pre-date the cut for the foundations, whilst the majority post-date the construction of the church. This sequence of at least one burial below the present church foundation may suggest the presence of an earlier church, either of wood or masonry, although no physical evidence for this structure was found.
See report (S2) for further details. The results of this work are also summarised in (S5).
M. Horlock (NLA), 29 August 2003. Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 6 March 2015.

March 2009.
Proposal to improve the networks of paths around the church to comply with the Disability Discrimination Act.
See (S3) and (S4).
H. White (NLA), 1 April 2009.

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Late Saxon to Medieval - 851 AD to 1299 AD)
  • GRAVE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CHURCH (Medieval to Modern - 1300 AD to 2050 AD)

Associated Finds

  • HUMAN REMAINS (Unknown date)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1989. £3600 repairs. 22 March.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, W. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. pp 562-563.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2010. Dress display raises funds for repairs to 14th-century church. 30 September.
---Leaflet: St. Mary's Church Nweton Floatman..
---Article in Serial: Cotton, S. 1981. Tradition and Authority in Churchbuilding. NARG News. No 26 pp 8-13. pp 9-10.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Illustration: Various. Various. Architectural plans.
<S2>Unpublished Contractor Report: Penn, K. 2003. An Archaeological Evaluation at St Mary's Church, Newton Flotman, Norfolk. Norfolk Archaeological Unit. 838.
<S3>Unpublished Document: 2011. Planning Application.
<S4>Unpublished Document: 2009. Design and Access Statement. Footpaths for the Churchyard of St Mary the Virgin, Newton Flotman..
<S5>Article in Serial: Gurney, D. and Penn, K. 2004. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk 2003. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLIV Pt III pp 573-588. p 581.

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