Record Details

NHER Number:593
Type of record:Building
Name:St Michael's ('St Miles') Church, Coslany, Norwich


A parish church, now disused, dating to the late 14th, 15th and early 16th centuries. It is of flint and brick with stone dressings, with an ashlar faced north aisle and chapel and a slate roof. The building consists of a four stage west tower of about 1425, nave and chancel, north and south aisles and a south chancel aisle and north chapel.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 2283 0897
Map Sheet:TG20NW

Full description

Parish church, now disused. Late 14th, 15th and early 16th century.
Flint with stone dressings. Ashlar faced north aisle and chapel. Brick. Slate roof. West tower, nave and chancel. North and south aisles. South chancel aisle and north chapel. Four stage tower of about 1425 with diagonal buttresses. Chancel arch without piers. Scissor brace roof to nave. Arched braced roof to chancel. Thorpe chapel with stone open tracery screen and tomb.
See (S1) for more details and file NCM.
See references (S2) and (S3) in file.
E.Rose (NAU).

Church rebuilt 1511 to 1512.
In about 1949, four stone figures from about 1400 recovered.
R. R. Clarke (NCM).

3 November 1999. Watching brief. On laying of BT cable along pavement of Colegate along south side of St Michael of Coslany church and down west side of church path entering building to west of south door at join of tower and nave. Beneath tarmac and make up of pavement was loose brown loamy soil in which occasional fragments of brick and tile and flint were present. Also occasional human skeletal remains including long bones and skull fragments. Human skeletal remains were reburied in trench.
No cut features were seen but in three places were traces of masonry; these were 1) just to west of chuch path 'in pavement' just ot east of church. See sketch plans for details.
Contexts 2 to 4 assigned for finds from general areas/length of trench shown on sketch.
See (S4) file.
S. Bates (NAU), 9 November 1999.

(S5) suggests architecture of the church was inspired by the south cloister walk at Norwich Cathedral, 1320.
E. Rose (NLA), 21 December 2000.

(S6) notes that one of the bells came from Rockland All Saints (NHER 8968).
E. Rose (NLA), 10 October 2005.

See also Alan Carter's Building Survey (S7) in file.
T. Sunley (NLA) 7 November 2007.

January 2010.
The site is now used as the Inspire Discovery Centre. Repairs have been undertaken after a piece of flint fell from the tower.
See (S8) and (S9) for further details,
H. White, (NLA), 24 February 2010

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • HUMAN REMAINS (Undated)
  • FIGURINE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BUTTON (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • BUTTON (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • TOBACCO PIPE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Article in serial: Wood, R. 1999. The Chantry Certificates of Norfolk: Towards a Partial Reconstruction. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLIII Pt II pp 287-306.
---Publication: Cox, J. C. 1911. Country Churches: Norfolk. Vol II. pp 183-184.
---Publication: Messent, C. J. W. 1932. The City Churches of Norwich. pp 55-59.
---Leaflet: [unknown]. [unknown]. A Historical Description of St. Michael at Coslany Norwich 1254 - 1959.. Graham Cumming Ltd.
---Archive: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Norwich - Post Roman.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
---Article in serial: Cornforth, J. 1979. Locked church doors in Norwich. Country Life. 2164-2166.
---Unpublished document: Burton, J. R. 1975. The Church over Water. pp 96-136.
---Unpublished document: [unknown]. [unknown]. [?] and his style. Evidence that the various churches belong to one group. St Michael Coslany..
---Publication: Spencer, N. and Kent, A. 1990. The Old Churches of Norwich.
---Article in monograph: Tillett, E. A.. 1905. St Martin at Oak and St Michael Coslany, Norwich. Norwich Scrapbooks. Vol 18.
---Unpublished document: Council for Places of Worship. 1974. Council for Places of Worship Report. Norwich, St Michael Coslany..
---Unpublished document: [unknown]. 1984. St Michael Coslany. Various notes on repairs undertaken between March and December, 1984..
---Unpublished document: [unknown]. 1984. Draft report on St Michael Coslany..
---Illustration: [unknown]. [unknown]. Plan of St Michael Coslany circa 1425.
---Illustration: [unknown]. [unknown]. Plan of St Michael Coslany.
---Illustration: Whitwood, A.C.. 1982. Section drawings of St Michael Coslany.
---Illustration: Stannard, J. [unknown]. Drawing of St Michael Coslany. Pencil and wash on paper.
---Photograph: [unknown]. 1984. Photograph of St Michael's Church, Coslany, Norwich.
---Photograph: [unknown]. 1984. Photographs of St Michael's Church, Coslany, Norwich.
<S1>Scheduling record: English Heritage. List of Buildings of Historical and Architectural Interest.
<S2>Publication: Pennell, T. 1925. Annals of the Church of St. Michael and All Angels, Coslany, Norwich.
<S3>Publication: Spencer, N. and Kent, A. 1970. The Old Churches of Norwich.
<S4>Unpublished document: Bates, S.. 3 Nov 1999. NAU Watching brief: St Michael Coslany Church, Colegate..
<S5>Publication: Fawcett, R. IN Atherton, A. (ed). 1986. Norwich Cathedral. p 211.
<S6>Monograph: Cooper, T.. 2001. The journal of William Dowsing: iconoclasm in East Anglia during the English Civil War.. p120, footnote 28.
<S8>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2010. Science attraction hopes to open again on Monday. 27 January.
<S9>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2010. Repairs to old church may cost £500,000. 25 February.

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