Record Details

NHER Number:11118
Type of record:Building
Name:All Saints' Church, Earsham

Summary

This church is said to have stood in an extensive area of earthworks (NHER 11110). Levelling of these recovered Early Saxon pottery and cremations suggesting there was an Early Saxon cemetery here before the churchyard. The present building is a Saxo-Norman or Norman structure. It was extended eastwards around 1300 when the tower was also added. There are many Perpendicular details, some of which were rebuilt in the 19th century. An evaluation was carried out in advance of a new extension in 1994. An undated feature, medieval fragments of pottery and a prehistoric flint flake were found.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TM 3260 8880
Map Sheet:TM38NW
Parish:EARSHAM, SOUTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

July 1980. Visit.
Said to have stood in or by a circular earthwork; Early Saxon burials from churchyard - see NHER 11110.
Basically a Saxo-Norman or Norman structure. Extended eastwards in around 1300. Tower of this date also. Much Perpendicular 15th century work, but much is 19th century remaking.
E. Rose (NAU), 7 July 1980.

1994. Trial Trench.
Evaluation excavation in advance of new extension.
Undated feature, medieval sherds, prehistoric flint flake found.
See report (S1) for further details. The results of this work are also summarised in (S2).
E .Rose (NLA) 27 May 1994.

March 1998. Visit
Second examination confirmed this sequence. Reused ?altar set into south porch. Exceptionally fine churchyard.
See (S3) in file.
E. Rose (NLA), 16 March 1998.

Monument Types

  • FEATURE (Undated)
  • CREMATION (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • CREMATION CEMETERY (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • CHURCH (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • ALTAR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CHURCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CHURCHYARD (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CHURCH (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • TOMB (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Prehistoric - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • HUMAN REMAINS (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • ARCHITECTURAL FRAGMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FONT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • HUMAN REMAINS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MORTAR (VESSEL) (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PISCINA (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PISCINA (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • ROOF TILE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (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)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • WINDOW (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • Xbell frame (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Monograph: Bryant, T. H. 1899. Hundred of Earsham. The Churches of Norfolk. Vol III. pp 1-8.
---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 315.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Unpublished Contractor Report: Wallis, H. 1994. Evaluation Excavation at Earsham Church. Norfolk Archaeological Unit. 89.
<S2>Article in Serial: Gurney, D. (ed.). 1995. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk 1994. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLII Pt II pp 230-239. p 233.
<S3>Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. 1998. Building Report.. Building Report.

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