Record Details

NHER Number:1975
Type of record:Building
Name:St Mary's Church, South Creake

Summary

The earliest feature of this church is the Norman stoup outside the porch. However, the chancel and sacristy date to around 1300 and the rest of the church including the nave, aisles, west tower and porch are of 14th century date. The roofing is not original, with much of it 15th century and that over the chancel 19th century. Inside, there are several post-medieval brasses, a 15th century rood screen and pulpit along with various early medieval coffin slabs. This is one of the sixty-five Norfolk churches selected amongst the 1000 finest in England.

Images

  • St Mary's Church, South Creake.  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service

Location

Grid Reference:TF 8552 3623
Map Sheet:TF83NE
Parish:SOUTH CREAKE, WEST NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

Norman stoup outside porch. Chancel and sacristy date to around 1300-1310. Nave, aisles, west tower and porch basically 14th century, but arcades replaced when clerestory and roof added in 15th century; new side windows at this date, porch and sacristy perhaps rebuilt. 19th century chancel roof. Restoration 1927-33.
Several brasses. 15th century rood screen and pulpit. Early medieval coffin slabs.
See (S1).
E. Rose (NLA) 18 January 2005.

1990.
Roman sherds from churchyard (see file).
E. Rose (NAU).

April 2002.
Repairs to floor in south aisle, west end involved repairing and replacing floor over access steps down to early 19th century burial vault.
See (S2) and (S3).
A. Rogerson (NLA) 29 April 2002.

Before 9 November 2005. Casual find while grave digging.
Medieval sherd and medieval roof tile fragment.
See list in file.
A. Rogerson (NLA) 14 December 2005.

This is one of the sixty five Norfolk churches selected for (S4).
D. Gurney (NLA) 17 February 2006.

February 2008. See draft History of the Church in file (S5).

May 2009.
Urgent repairs to the north nave roof completed.
See (S6) for more information.
H. White (NLA), 1 May 2009.

April 2008.
See (S7) for the history of the church.
S. Howard (NLA), 2 August 2010.

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CHURCH (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • COFFIN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FONT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MORTAR (VESSEL) (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PISCINA (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • ROOD SCREEN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • ROOF TILE (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)
  • DOOR (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Unpublished document: Arguile, R.. 2008. A history of a church..
---Leaflet: 1978. Our Lady St Mary, South Creake..
---Leaflet: 1984. Our Lady Saint Mary, South Creake, Norfolk..
---Monograph: Hart, S.. 2010. Medieval Church Window Tracery in England. pp 8, 86.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Unpublished document: Rose, E. (NLA). 2005. Building Report..
<S2>Graphic material: Various. Various. Architectural plans..
<S3>Photograph: William H. Brown. 2002.
<S4>Monograph: Jenkins, S.. 2000. England's Thousand Best Churches..
<S5>Unpublished document: Canon Roger Arguile. 2008. A History of the Church (draft).
<S6>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2009. Church repair work beats a tough winter- and bats. 1 May.

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