Record Details

NHER Number:576
Type of record:Building
Name:St Swithin's Church, Benedict Street, Norwich


This former parish church is now redundant and is used as an Arts Centre. It dates to the 14th and 15th century and is made from flint with stone and brick dressings. It has a combined nave and chancel, vestry and hall to the east but the west tower had to be pulled down in 1881 after sewer digging undermined the foundations. Inside the roof is made from queen posts and there is a Scandinavian dedication to a saint. Alterations in the former churchyard revealed a 19th century well.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 2258 0883
Map Sheet:TG20NW

Full description

Former parish church now redundant and used as Arts Centre.
14th and 15th century. Flint with stone and brick dressings. Lead roof. West tower pulled down in 1881. Nave and chancel in one. North and south aisles. Rood turret against north aisle. Large Edwardian vestry and hall to east of south of church. Small bell turret on west gable. 4 bays to nave and chancel. Queen post roof.
For further details see (S1).

Scandinavian dedication - R.R. Clarke (NCM).
English saint (Especially of Winchester) dating to the 9th century.

September 1998. Watching Brief.
Observations of alterations to former churchyard.
Revealed only a well with 19th century top, and 19th century foundations.
Report (S3) in file.
E. Rose (NLA) 2 July 1999.

The tower had to be removed after excavations for the new Norwich sewers undermined it, see (S2).
E. Rose (NLA) 22 December 2005.

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Medieval to Modern - 1300 AD to 2050 AD)
  • WELL (Post Medieval - 1800 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Publication: Cox, J. C. 1911. Country Churches: Norfolk. Vol II. pp 190-191.
---Publication: Messent, C. J. W. 1932. The City Churches of Norwich. p 80.
---Leaflet: Norwich Historic Churches Trust & HEART. St Swithin, St Benedict Street..
---Archive: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Norwich - Post Roman.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Scheduling Record: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England.
<S2>Article in Serial: Funnell, B.. 2005. New Mills and the Norwich Sewers.. NIAS Journal. Vol 7, No 5. p70.
<S3>Unpublished Contractor Report: Hobbs, B. 1999. Report on a Watching Brief at Norwich Arts Centre, St Benedict's Street, Norwich. Norfolk Archaeological Unit. 409.

Related records

Site 2108Parent of: Church of St Swithin (Monument)
Site 2122Parent of: Church of St Swithin (Monument)
Site 1255Parent of: Church of St. Swithin, Benedict Street (Monument)
Mon 741Parent of: St Swithin's Church (Monument)
Mon 1100Part of: St Swithin's Alley (Monument)

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