Record Details

NHER Number:2471
Type of record:Building
Name:St Edmund's Church, Downham Market


The earliest parts of this carstone church date to the Norman period, some of which have been reset into the building at a later date. The Norman church may have been cross shaped with a tower in the centre. The current tower is unusual and was added in the 13th century. It contains important examples of medieval stained glass windows. Most of the present building dates from rebuilding in the 15th and early 16th century. The 18th century west gallery is a high-quality addition at a period when generally churches were not being expanded. 19th century restoration began in 1873.

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Grid Reference:TF 6128 0330
Map Sheet:TF60SW

Full description

St Edmunds church.
Evidence of Romanesque fabric; reset carved Crucifixion said to be Late Saxon; possibly once a Norman cruciform church. Unusual 13th century tower. Chancel perhaps basically of this period, and 13th century windows now in north aisle. Alterations to arcades in 14th century. Overall rebuilding campaign in 15th to early 16th century. 18th century west gallery of high quality. 19th century restoration and additions. Important medieval stained glass.
See (S1).
For the churchyard (an historic town garden) see also NHER 34303.
E. Rose (NLA), 8 January 2005.

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds

  • COFFIN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TF6103 G,H,K.
---Monograph: Evans, J. and Britton, J. 1810. Topographical delinations of Monmouthshire, Norfolk and Northamptonshire. The Beauties of England and Wales. Vol 11.
---Archive: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TF 60 SW 14.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2009. A few days to discover some of the secrets of Norfolk's heritage. 7 September.
---Leaflet: Guide to the Parish Churches of St Edmund Downham Market and St Mary the Virgin Bexwell.. The Church Publishers, Ramsgate..
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Rose, E. (NLA). 2005. Building Report..

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