Record Details

NHER Number:3369
Type of record:Building
Name:All Saints' Church, North Runcton


This church is a rare example of a Georgian church, built in 1713 after the collapse of the old church tower in 1701 destroyed much of the building. It was built by local architect Henry Bell and consists of a west tower, nave, chancel, south organ chamber and north and south vestries. Most of the fabric is brick and carstone but earlier Norman (and possibly Anglo Saxon) materials have been incorporated. Like many churches it has been subject to late 19th century alterations. Interesting feature inside this church include a beautiful 18th century polished marble font brought in 1907 from St Margaret's in King's Lynn and fine tablets dedicated to wealthy local families. The 18th century church stands on the site of its medieval predecessor.

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Grid Reference:TF 6466 1590
Map Sheet:TF61NW

Full description

This church mostly dates to 1713 constructed by Bell in the Classical style and using materials from the old church. This rebuilding was necessary as the tower of the previous church collapsed in 1701 flattening the church. The current tower is basically built from Norman materials with carved fragments that might be older. Church extended and altered in late 19th century. Internal furnishings of 1713; font from St Margaret's Lynn but not the panelling as often wrongly stated.
See detailed report (S1) and numerous photographs (S2 and S3) in file.
See also (S7).
E. Rose (NLA) 23 January 2001.

See press cuttings (S4 and S5) in file.
Another press cutting filed under NHER 3368.

Stripping out of north vestry confirmed that this was an original entrance porch.
Again see (S1).
E. Rose (NLA) 24 April 2004.

January 2007. Historic building report.
All Saints church was constructed between 1703 and 1713 following the collapse of the earlier medieval church. The church has a western tower and a centrally planned nave of four columns supporting a domical groin vault. There are slight pedimented projections to the north and south and a large chancel. The nave and tower are rendered and the chancel is exposed carstone. The interior of the nave bears resemblance to Byzantine churches in the centuries after the Emperor Justinian. Four ionic columns support the vault of which the groins are decorated with putti. The reredos with gold-painted pilasters and panelling fills the entire east wall and was designed by Henry Bell in 1684 for St Margaret's in King's Lynn from where it came to Runcton. The paintings are late 19th century by Lamponi.
See (S6) for further information.
S. Howard (NLA), 15 June 2010.

June 2014
The 18th century church was constructed on the site of its medieval precursor (S8)
J. Albone (HES). 14 June 2014

Monument Types

  • ARCHITECTURAL FRAGMENT (Saxon to Medieval - 410 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CHURCH (Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1701 AD)
  • CHURCH (Post Medieval to Modern - 1713 AD to 2050 AD)

Associated Finds

  • FONT (Post Medieval to Modern - 1800 AD to 2050 AD)
  • WALL PAINTING (Post Medieval - 1800 AD to 1900 AD)
  • WINDOW (Post Medieval to Modern - 1900 AD to 2050 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Unpublished document: Clough, Martin. All Saints' Church, North Runcton.
---Unpublished document: Butler-Stoney, Richard. 1986. North Runcton, leaflet.
---Publication: Pevsner, N.. Northwest and South Norfolk.
---Leaflet: A History of the Parish Church, All Saints, North Runcton..
---Monograph: Upton, D.. 1986. Sacred and Profane..
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Unpublished document: Rose, E.. 2004. Building Report..
<S2>Photograph: Rose, E.. 2004. KPB.
<S3>Photograph: Rose, E.. 2001. JXD 28-34.
<S4>Newspaper Article: Lynn News. 1991. 24 May.
<S5>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1992. 8 February.
<S6>Unpublished document: Heywood, S.. 2007. Historic building report for All Saints Church, The Green, Ructon, Norfolk.. January.
<S7>Article in serial: Gurney, D. and Penn, K. (eds). 2002. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk, 2001. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLIV Pt I pp 162-177. p 170.
<S8>Publication: Batcock, N. 1991. The Ruined and Disused Churches of Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology, 51. Microfiche 5:G12. p.49 note 15.

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