Record Details

NHER Number:2344
Type of record:Building
Name:St Andrew's Church, Little Massingham


The earliest parts of this church date to the Norman period but most of the building is 14th century, built in Decorated style. 15th century alterations include a stair turret and fireplace in the tower. The church was restored by Thomas Jekyll in the mid 19th century. There is a wonderful collection of 19th century to modern graffiti on the tower's lead roof. One inscription is 'Beds and Herts 1942 Up the Army'. This is probably a reference to World War Two fire watchers and the local airfield. Late Saxon and medieval pottery has been found in the churchyard.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 7925 2414
Map Sheet:TF72SE

Full description

Traces of Norman work but basically an early 14th century Decorated church with Perpendicular alterations including a stair turret and fireplace to the tower. Some good 17th to 19th century monuments. Important restoration by the architect Thomas Jekyll in mid 19th century. Very fine set of graffiti of 19th century date on tower roof. One inscription is 'Beds and Herts 1942 Up the Army'. This is probably a reference to World war two fire watchjer snad the local airfield. Important churchyard memorials.
See (S1) in file.
E. Rose (NLA), 6 June 2005.

Context 1. In molehills on east edge of path to south porch.
One body sherd probably unglazed Grimston or Grimston-Thetford.
One body sherd medieval unglazed.
A. Rogerson (NAU), 15 July 1988.

3 October 1994.
Shallow (around 30 to 40cm) deep and 30cm wide trenches due to east and west of south porch in approx. north to south alignment.Topsoil over some clayish subsoil.
Spoil from west of porch;
One body sherd Thetford-type with diamond roulette.
Two body sherds medieval unglazed.

North of nave a 30cm wide x 30 to 40cm deep trench dug east to west, 2m north of nave:
One jar rim (fresh sherd) Thetford-type (probably Grimston Thetford).
One body sherd Thetford-type/or medieval unglazed.
One body sherd glazed Grimston.
From spoil heap.
A. Rogerson (NLA) 10 October 1994.

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Photograph: Rose, E.. 2005. KZA 8 Little Massingham Church from south.
---Unpublished document: Butler-Stoney, R.. 1984. Little Massingham The Church of St Andrew..
---Correspondence: Rose, E. and Blackman, R.. 2005. Letters. Little Massingham Parish Church Statement of Significance.
---Monograph: Hart, S.. 2010. Medieval Church Window Tracery in England. p 91.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Unpublished document: Rose, E. (NLA). 2005. Building Report..

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