Record Details

NHER Number:4513
Type of record:Building
Name:St Mary's Church, Barton Bendish

Summary

A medieval parish church, set amongst trees and thatched, dating mainly from the 14th century, with substantial alterations from the 18th century, carried out after the tower collapsed in 1710. The church contains a fine 12th century west doorway from All Saints' Church (NHER 4499) described by Pevsner as one of the best Norman doorways in the country, an assortment of old pews and a 14th century wall painting. Sherds of Late Saxon and medieval pottery have been found around the church, which is probably built on the site of a church recorded in Domesday Book.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TF 7097 0543
Map Sheet:TF70NW
Parish:BARTON BENDISH, WEST NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

Medieval parish church, mainly dating from the 14th century, in the Decorated style, with substantial alterations carried out in the 18th century, after the collapse of the tower in 1710.
Contains 12th century west door from All Saint's Church, see NHER 4499.
See (S1), (S2) and (S3).

Two churches were listed in Barton Bendish in the Domesday Book, one which (S1) and (S2) believe to have been St Mary's. Nothing of the early church survives, the earliest fabric in the present building dates to the first half of the 14th century.

July 1979.
Roman, Late Saxon, medieval and post medieval sherds and metal work found in digging of dry trench around church.
Also revealed foundations, probably those of the tower and the south porch.
Burial of an adult male, immediately outside priest's door, with a pewter paten. The burial is probably that of a priest.
Details in file.
Spoil dumped immediately west of churchyard boundary.
E. Rose (NAU)

The church is in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust (2006).

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds

  • METAL WORKING DEBRIS (Undated)
  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • ROOF TILE (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • COFFIN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FLOOR TILE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • HUMAN REMAINS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PATEN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • QUERN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • ROOF TILE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WALL PAINTING (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW GLASS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • ROOF TILE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • WINDOW (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TF7005B.
---Newspaper Article: Lynn News. 1979. Eerie discovery close to church. 7 August.
---Monograph: Bryant, T. H. 1904. Hundred of Clackclose. The Churches of Norfolk. Vol XIII. pp 10-21.
---Unpublished Document: Haslop, W. E.. 1944. St Mary's Church, Barton Bendish..
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Serial: NARG. NARG News.. no.18 p.21-2.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, W. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. p 195.
---Leaflet: Guide to the churches at Barton Bendish, Norfolk..
---Leaflet: 1969. Guide to the churches at Barton Bendish, Norfolk..
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Photograph: BYC 17-18, CZR 28-38, HAL.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Article in Monograph: Rogerson, A. and Ashley, S. J. 1987. The Parish Churches of Barton Bendish: the Excavation of All Saints' and the architecture of St Andrew's and St Mary's. Three Norman Churches in Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology. Rogerson, A. et al.. No 32 pp 1-66.
<S2>Monograph: Batcock, N. 1991. The Ruined and Disused Churches of Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology. No 51. Microfiche 5:G12. No 4; p 50.
<S3>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1077859.

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