Record Details

NHER Number:9047
Type of record:Building
Name:Holy Trinity Church, Great Hockham


This church is on the site of a earlier Norman church. Parts of the Norman church are reused in the present building that mostly dates from the 14th century. Alterations were made to the church in the late 15th or early 16th century. The tower of the church fell before 1740. The church was rescued from dereliction in 1953 when the nave roof was replaced. The war memorial is an interesting example in an unusually severe 'modern' style.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TL 95 92
Map Sheet:TL99SE

Full description

Much reused stonework, some with fine Norman carving, and Norman tower arch or west door, suggestion of round tower? Main body of church about 1300 to 1340 in three builds. Alterations late 15th century/early 16th, both these periods very high quality work. Tower fell before 1740. Bellcote and restoration 1854 and renovated 1953. 13th century font; carved benches; wall paintings; some good memorials. See (S1) in file. Various finds recovered from the churchyar of Holy Trinity are now recorded as NHER 17322.

Listed grade I.

13 May 1994. NLA air photography.
Church and graveyard clearly visible on photos taken.
S. Massey (NLA), 6 February 2001.

War memorial listed separately Grade II 2004.
E. Rose (NLA), 29 October 2004.

May-September 2014.
This was one of four Norfolk churches included in a pilot study looking at the management of bats in historic churches. This study looked to research and develop management techniques that will allow the protection of heritage in ways that won't cause long-term detrimental impact on local bat populations. This and the other three churches were selected due to the known presence of Natterer's bats.
See report (S2) for further details.
P. Watkins (HES), 22 August 2019.

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CHURCH (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • WAR MEMORIAL (Early 20th Century to 21st Century - 1901 AD to 2100 AD)

Associated Finds

  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PISCINA (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PISCINA (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WALL PAINTING (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building
  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TL9492 A,B; TL9592 G,H.
---Article in Serial: Harvey, J. H. 1973. Building Works by an East Anglian Priory. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XXXV Pt IV pp 505-510. p 505 ff.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1953. Medieval murals in Hockham Church. 26 August.
---Aerial Photograph: TL 9491 A-D, TL 94 92 J.
---Article in Serial: Cotton, Simon. [unknown]. Norfolk Archaeology?.
---Documentary Source: Martin, T. c. 1700-1799. Collections of Church Notes. Norfolk Records Office.
---Article in Serial: Davison, A. 1991. Great Hockham a Village which has Moved?. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLI Pt II pp 145-161.
---Unpublished Document: Cattermole, P.. 2000. Inventory of church bells and bell-frames in Norfolk.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Correspondence: Birdsall, N.H.. 1991. Letter. Great Hockham Parish Church.. 16 May.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2002. Appeal for murals. 10 June.
---Illustration: Ladbrooke. [unknown].
---Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, W. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. pp 408-409.
---Leaflet: Holy Trinity Church, Great Hockham..
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Medieval. Hockham.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Slide: Various. Slide.
---Photograph: EDJ 17 to 36. Great Hockham Parish Church.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
---Designation: English Heritage. 1990-2013. English Heritage Listing Notification. Notification. DNF3517.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. 1987. Building Report.. Building Report.
<S2>Unpublished Contractor Report: Packman, C. et al. 2015. Management of Bats in Churches - a pilot. Project Report. English Heritage Research Project: 6199. English Heritage. 106/2015.

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