Record Details

NHER Number:9019
Type of record:Building
Name:St Ethelbert's Church, East Wretham

Summary

This church was originally of 12th century date but was rebuilt in 1865. It comprises a square west tower, nave, chancel and north aisle with the roof showing signs of heightening. The windows are in the decorated style and the font imitates a 14th century design. In 2005 a vault was discovered beneath the north aisle containing five stone coffins. These supposedly belonged to the Wryley-Birch family, with the latest date inscription reading 1874.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TL 9150 9063
Map Sheet:TL99SW
Parish:EAST WRETHAM, BRECKLAND, NORFOLK
WRETHAM, BRECKLAND, NORFOLK

Full description

(S1) notes: square tower: chancel arch collapsed and roof height altered; remains of arch, doors and small windows 'show it as old fabric'. Stone coffin with two holes and channels. Part of another.
E. Rose (NAU).

(S2) says 12th century, rebuilt 1865.
E. Rose (NAU).

Postcard and plan and details of the bells, see file.

2005.
Vault, 2.7m x 11.6m (9ft x 38ft) and over 1.8m (6ft) high, found underneath north aisle containing four full sized coffins and one of an infant. Stated to be family vault of the Wryley-Birch family, the latest date 1874 and the earliest 'predating the aisle' and so moved from elsewhere, but details are not given. Photographs show a very large barrel vaulted chamber, the coffins set on a brick structure more like the winebins of a cellar. Sealed again before archaeological inspection.
(S3) in file.
See also (S4).
E. Rose (NLA) 18 July 2005.

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Medieval to Modern - 1066 AD to 2050 AD)

Associated Finds

  • COFFIN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TL9190A-C.
---Unpublished document: Cattermole, P.. 2000. Inventory of church bells and bell-frames in Norfolk.
---Photograph: Redman, A. (Co-Whitworth Partnership). 2005.
---Article in serial: Gurney, D. and Penn, K. 2006. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk in 2005. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLV Pt I pp 124-136. p 136.
---Leaflet: St. Ethelbert, East Wretham..
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Publication: Martin, T.. c.1740. Church Notes.
<S2>Scheduling record: English Heritage. List of Buildings of Historical and Architectural Interest.
<S3>Unpublished document: Redman, A. (Co-Whitworth Partnership). 2005. Notes.
<S4>Article in serial: Gurney, D. and Penn, K. 2006. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk in 2005. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLV Pt I pp 124-136. p 136.

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