Record Details

NHER Number:2835
Type of record:Building
Name:St Mary's Church, Gressenhall


A Norman cruciform church, which was substantially altered in the 15th century and restored in 1878. The church, which contains several Norman architectural features, has a carved and stepped sedilia and piscina and a medieval carving of the stoning of St Stephen.


  • St Mary's Church, Gressenhall  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service


Grid Reference:TF 9589 1550
Map Sheet:TF91NE

Full description

Norman cruciform, altered in 15th century, and much rebuilt in 1878.
The church has a central tower, a south porch a demolished north belfry and a north vestry. The present belfry stage of the tower is entirely 19th century - the tower was shorter before. The only Norman work visible on the exterior are the tower windows at roof level, which have been heavily renewed.
For full details see file.
E. Rose (NAU), 6 April 1981.

Listed Grade I, see (S1).

A complete record of all the monumental inscriptions was completed in 1980-1981.
See (S2) for further details.
A. Cattermole (NLA), 11 January 2008.

For a description of the church and its historical development, see (S3).

See photos in file.
E. Rose (NAU).

(S4) states that the tower was repaired in 1491 and a spire removed in 1698.
A. Cattermole (NLA), 11 January 2008.

May 2011. Newspaper Article.
Appeal for roof repairs to help maintain the church building, which in part dates back to the 13th century.
See (S5) for further details.
D. Lefeuvre (HES), 22 August 2011.

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Medieval to 21st Century - 1066 AD to 2100 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: NHER TF 9515A-G, A-AH, AR.
---Newspaper Article: Norwich Mercury. 1902. St. Mary's church - picture.. 7 June.
---Illustration: Various. Various. Architectural plans.
---Monograph: Bryant, T. H. 1903. Hundred of Launditch. The Churches of Norfolk. pp 98-107.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1997. Tenor bob gets his name on the bells of St. Mary's. 22 September.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2002. St Mary's church - picture.. 19 April.
---Monograph: Crowmwell, T. and Cotman, J. S. 1818. Excursions through Norfolk.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, W. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. p 370.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Slide: Various. Slide.
---Photograph: BDN 7A, Ladbrooke AR23-24.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England.
<S2>Unpublished Document: Carrington, A. C.. 1981. A Record of the Monumental Inscriptions in the Church and Churchyard of St Mary, Gressenhall..
<S3>Unpublished Document: Lightning, P. J. 1991. The Parish Church of St Mary, Gressenhall. January.
<S4>Serial: Coteman, J, S. 1819. Excursions through Norfolk..
<S5>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2011-2012. [Articles on the needed roof repairs at St Mary's Church, Gressenhall].

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