Record Details

NHER Number:5156
Type of record:Building
Name:St Mary's Church, West Tofts


This early 14th century church was altered in the 15th century and largely rebuilt in the mid 19th century by the Pugins. It is one of Britain's finest Gothic Revival churches. It is now in the Stanford Training Area and cannot be visited.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TL 8360 9289
Map Sheet:TL89SW

Full description

Early 14th century, altered 15th century, but largely rebuilt in late 19th century by the Pugins as one of Britains finest Gothic Revival churches. Now in Battle Area - many fittings dispersed.
See (S1) and photos in file.
E. Rose (NAU), 5 January 1983.

Listed grade I.
E. Rose (NLA).

January 2013
Cobrar report on church which is undergoing the return of its windows and furnishings and has been repaired. Full exlanantion of the involvemnt of AWN Pugin and his son Edward Welby. They were responsible for the rebuilding of the north aisle and the chancel along with a new vestry/organ Loft and the Sutton Chantry. The latter contains the tomb Sir Richard Sutton's wife Elizabeth and is comparable to medieval shrine with elaborate decoration and deemed to be one AW Pugin's most important works. Second chantry in a parclose screen at east end of north aisle. Fine medeival 13th century arcade and late medieval west tower with the names of the 'begyners of the werk' in raised lettering around the plinth. See (S2)
S Heywood 25 January 2013

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds

  • PISCINA (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DOOR (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • FONT (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: RESTRICTED: TL8392D,E,G,H,K-M,P-S..
---Monograph: Batcock, N. 1991. The Ruined and Disused Churches of Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology, 51. Microfiche 5:G12. p 72.
---Unpublished Document: Heywood, S.. 2003. Report on the Archaeological Implications of the Proposed Repairs..
---Unpublished Document: Tricker, R.. 1991. St Mary's West Tofts, Norfolk History and Guide..
---Unpublished Document: DIF/JMC (Council for the Care of Churches). 1986. West Tofts, St Mary the Virgin, Norfolk (Norwich). 21 November.
---Photograph: Ashley, H.. West Tofts, Norfolk, St Mary's Church.
---Newspaper Article: 1994. Eastern Daily Press. 24 July.
---Website: Knott, S.. 2004.
---Serial: Pevsner, N.. The Buildings of England..
---Photograph: 1990. Photographic record of West Tofts Church. Print.
---Photograph: Photographic record of West Tofts Church Lynford. Print.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2012. Centuries of church history amid battle area. 18 July.
---Photograph: Photographs of St Mary's Church, West Tofts. Black & white.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
---Slide: Various. Slide.
---Photograph: BYK 2-14, BYM 19-22.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. 1983. Building Report..
<S2>Unpublished Document: Heywood, S.(HES). Conservation based research and Analysis of St Mary's Church at West Tofts.

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