Record Details

NHER Number:10526
Type of record:Building
Name:All Saints' church, Chedgrave


This is a 12th century cruciform church with a tower in the north transept. The church was significantly altered in the 13th and 15th centuries. The south transept was later demolished and the chancel ruined, perhaps in the 16th century. The ruins of the chancel stood until around 1820. Excavations at the church in 1985 and 1992 recorded the foundations of an earlier round tower that is contemporary with parts of the nave. Late Saxon human skeletons were also uncovered and a piece of Bronze Age pottery was also found.

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Grid Reference:TM 3632 9937
Map Sheet:TM39NE

Full description

Cruciform Norman church with tower in north transept. Alterations 13th and 15th centuries. South transept demolished and chancel ruinated 16th century? Ruins of chancel stood until around 1820. Foundations excavated 1985.
See (S1) and (S2) Grade I.
E. Rose (NAU), 4 June 1985.

14-15 December 1992. Watching Brief.
Observation of groundworks for an extension north-west of the nave which revealed the foundation trench of a round west tower which had an external diameter of c.4 m. The west tower was contemporary with west wall of nave and later than one and probably two burials which were cut through with the trench. The wall had been robbed-out and the foundation trench only remained. Also discovered was a residual Bronze Age sherd. The church has thus had three towers, but the correct sequence of that over the transept and that at the west end has yet to be established.
See sketch plan in file (S3) for further details. The results of this work are also summarised in (S6) and (S7). It appears that this is also the work noted in (S8)
A. Rogerson (NLA), 15 December 1992 amended by M. Langham-Lopez (HES), 28 June 2013.

2004. Building Survey.
Condition survey of medieval painted decoration in tower/vestry prior to proposed plaster repairs and recorations.
See report (S4) for further details. See also subsequently produced specification for tower redecoration (S8).
E. Rose (NLA), 9 December 2005. Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 10 March 2015.

November 2009.
Silverware stolen from the church, including a silver chalice dating from 1567, a silver flagon, a wafer box and a baptism shell.
See (S5) for further details,
H. White, (NLA), 19 November 2009

Monument Types

  • INHUMATION (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • ROUND TOWERED CHURCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CHURCH (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • POT (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PISCINA (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)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TM 3699D,E.
---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. p 262.
---Leaflet: All Saints Church Chedgrave - A short history..
---Photograph: All Saints Church, Chedgrave. Print.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Medieval. Chedgrave.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Slide: Various. Slide.
---Photograph: BD 23.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Drawing: Unknown. Sketch plan of finds site. Film.
<S2>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England.
<S3>Drawing: Unknown. Sketch plan of finds site. Film.
<S4>Unpublished Contractor Report: Kirkham, A. 2004. All Saints, Chedgrave, Norfolk. Survey and Condition Report on the Painted Decoration in the Tower/vestry. Andrea Kirkham.
<S5>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2009. Silverware stolen from church safe. 19 November.
<S6>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. pp 273-274.
<S7>Article in Serial: Gurney, D. (ed.). 1993. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk 1992. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLI Pt IV pp 522-532. p 525.
<S8>Article in Serial: Gurney, D. (ed.). 1994. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk 1993. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLII Pt I pp 115-123. p 117.
<S9>Unpublished Document: Wearing, Hastings & Norton. 2005. All Saints Church, Chedgrave. Internal Recoration (Tower).

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