Record Details

NHER Number:4068
Type of record:Building
Name:St James' Church, Castle Acre


A large medieval parish church, dating mainly to the 14th and 15th centuries. The church contains a painted 15th century pulpit, and painted panels from a medieval screen which have been incorporated into stalls in the chancel. Other notable features include the font cover and 'ride in' door.


  • The nave and chancel of St James' Church, Castle Acre  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service
  • The 15th century pulpit in St James' Church, Castle Acre  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service


Grid Reference:TF 8159 1503
Map Sheet:TF81NW

Full description

1960. Grade I listed.
A large medieval parish church, dating mainly to the 14th and 15th centuries.
Perpendicular tower, clerestory and vestry with gargoyles and animal heads.
Blocked Norman window over priests door.
Decorated windows, priests door and sedilia.
13th century columns reused in arcades.
19th century east window, designed by Ewan Christian.
Queenpost roof in nave, hammerbeam roof in chancel.
15th century goblet pulpit with painted images of the four Latin Doctors.
Chancel stalls with miserichord seats and reused painted panels from a screen.
15th century octagonal font.
See (S1).

Alabaster figures found in the roof of the passage leading to the tower door.

Medieval sherds, tiles found.

This is one of the sixty five Norfolk churches selected for (S2).
D. Gurney (NLA), 17 February 2006.

Lady Chapel in the north aisle was extended in the late fifteenth century, and a sacristy was added in the north- east corner of the church. The church was substantially restored in 1846 and again in 1875. The hexagonal font dates from the fifteenth century, and is surmounted by a Perpendicular font cover. Original red, green and gold paintwork has been uncovered during restoration works. The golden ball and dove on top of the font are probably not contemporary. The font cover still has a fifteenth- century mechanism to allow it to be lifted. George II coat of arms dated 1748 hangs above the tower arch. Pews dating from the 14th century with carved lions and collared dogs on the arms and poppyheads on the end of the benches are located beyond the choir stalls. A chest bearing the date 1636 is located in the south aisle. The church is constructed of flint, with stone quoins and buttresses.
See (S3) for further details
H. White (NLA), 17 August 2009.

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds

  • FIGURINE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FLOOR TILE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • ROOF TILE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CHEST (Post Medieval - 1637 AD to 1637 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Newspaper Article: Lynn News. 1989. Bequest helps restore organ.. 14 April.
---Newspaper Article: Lynn News. 1992. Lighting strike.. 25 September.
---Newspaper Article: Lynn News. 1992. Church in daytime closure.. 18 November.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2010. Time to make most of our hidden gems.. 22 April.
---Leaflet: Church of St James, Castle Acre..
---Leaflet: Bloom, J.H.. 1959. A short guide to the parish church of St james, Castleacre..
---Monograph: 2000. St James the Great - St James' Church, Castle Acre.
---Publication: Nar valley group of parishes. 2007. Voices of the Nar - celebrating a decade in the life of the Nar valley group of parishes - St James' Church, Castle Acre.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1992. Lighting hits church tower.. 21 September.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Scheduling record: English Heritage. List of Buildings of Historical and Architectural Interest.
<S2>Monograph: Jenkins, S.. 2000. England's Thousand Best Churches..
<S3>Unpublished document: Nairn, S.. 2000. St. James the Great, Castle Acre.
<S4>Unpublished document: Diocese of Norwich. 2009. Norwich DAC summer outing 2009. 15th July.

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