Record Details

NHER Number:4547
Type of record:Building
Name:St Mary's Church, Beachamwell


A parish church, dating to the Late Saxon period, with medieval alterations. The church has a round tower with Late Saxon windows, and a reused gravestone from AD 1050. Some unusual graffiti within the church include a demon and a list of mason's materials.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 7506 0535
Map Sheet:TF70NE

Full description

Late Saxon round tower with claimed midwall shaft formed from grave slab about 1050.
Perpendicular and 19th century.
Interesting graffiti.
1765. Alabaster carving found under floor.
E. Rose (NAU)

Church listed Grade I, see (S6).
E. Rose, (NAU) 2 December 1985.

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Late Saxon to Post Medieval - 851 AD to 1900 AD)
  • CROSS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • DOOR (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • GRAVESTONE (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • WINDOW (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • CARVING (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FONT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • INSCRIBED OBJECT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PISCINA (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building
  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1981. Sale of Cotmans. 19 November.
---Aerial Photograph: TF7505A, (AAF) B-F, (Unit).
---Article in Serial: 1922. Proceedings of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society. Proceedings of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society. Vol XXIII, p 24, 30.
---Article in Serial: Cozens-Hardy B. 1934. Norfolk Crosses. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XXV Pt II pp 297-336. pp 301-302.
---Monograph: Brown, G. B. 1925. Anglo-Saxon Architecture. The Arts in Early England. Vol II. p 277, 407, 424, 44.
---Publication: Cautley, H. M. 1949. Norfolk Churches. pp 5, 173.
---Newspaper Article: Lynn News. 1995. Plea to save rare thatched church. 20 June.
---Newspaper Article: Lynn News. 1997. Urgent Plea For Ancient Church. 12 September.
---Newspaper Article: Lynn News. 1999. Photograph of St Mary's Church. 13 August.
---Newspaper Article: Lynn News. 2000. Restored to glory. 25 February.
---Monograph: Davison, A.. 1988. Six Deserted Medieval Villages in Norfolk.. East Anglian Archaeology. Vol 44, p 13.
---Publication: Messent, C. J. W. 1936. The Parish Churches of Norfolk & Norwich. p 26.
---Serial: Pevsner, N.. The Buildings of England..
---Leaflet: Roy Tricker. Beechamwell Churches..
---Monograph: Taylor, H.M. and Taylor, J.. 1978. Anglo Saxon Architecture..
---Archive: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Late Saxon. Beachamwell.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
---Unpublished Document: Swift, R. L. 1997. Beachamwell. A Study of the Three Ecclesiastical Sites.
<S1>Scheduling Record: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England.

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