Record Details

NHER Number:8340
Type of record:Building
Name:St Michael's Church, Irstead

Summary

A medieval parish church, situated on what was a prominent ridge, a typical site for an early church. The present church dates mainly from the 14th century, but surviving Norman carving suggests that an earlier church on this site was very elaborate. The wooden pews date to the 15th century, with carvings of dogs playing with balls.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TG 3653 2046
Map Sheet:TG32SE
Parish:BARTON TURF, NORTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK
IRSTEAD, NORTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

Norman traces; Early English doorways; 14th century piscina. Very old tower, perhaps 14th century, heightened 16th century. Aisle 15th/16th century, parveis 16th century, 19th century reorganisation.
See full report in file, see (S1).
E. Rose (NLA), 26 August 1999.

The church is situated on what was a prominent ridge, a typical site for an early church. The present church dates mainly from the 14th century, but surviving Norman carving suggests that an earlier church on this site was very elaborate. The wooden pews date to the 15th century, with carvings of dogs playing with balls. There is also an original wall painting of St Christopher, and the elaborate font bears traces of original paintwork. See (S1).
Sarah Spooner (NLA), 21 July 2005.

Summer 2006.
South door ornamented with ironwork dating to the mid-fourteenth century. Carpenter's numbering in Arabic numerals noted on two of the boards.
See S2) and (S3) for further details
H. White, (NLA), 19 October 2009

(S4) leaflet added to secondary file. Includes photographs of key elements within the church.
A. Yardy (HES), 25 August 2011.

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds

  • INSCRIBED OBJECT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TG3620A-C.
---Photograph: JLX 1-5.
---Publication: Atherton, I.. 1986. Norwich Cathedral. p 435.
---Graphic material: Various. Various. Architectural plans..
---Publication: Haslam, R.. 1985. From Decay to Splendour: the repair of Church Treasures.
---Article in serial: June 1986. Church Monuments Society Newsletter. Vol 2, no 1.
---Photograph: St Michael's Church, Irstead. Print.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Unpublished document: Rose, E. (NLA). 1999. Building Report..
<S2>Monograph: Pevsner, N. & Wilson, B. 1997. Norfolk 1: Norwich and North-East. The Buildings of England.
<S3>Unpublished document: Brown, M and Brown, S.. 2007. South Door, St Michael's Church, Irstead. NHBG Spring 2007, number 13.
<S4>Leaflet: 2008. A Short Guide to St Michael's Church Irstead, Norfolk.

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