Record Details

NHER Number:9523
Type of record:Building
Name:All Saints' Church, Hethel, Bracon Ash

Summary

A medieval parish church, with a Saxon tower. A large mausoleum to the Branthwayte family was added to the church in 1730. Wallpaintings from the 16th or 17th centuries were uncovered within the church during the removal of an 18th century memorial to a member of the Branthwayte family. This was the parish church of Hethel, and is close to the deserted settlement of Hethel, see NHER 9497.

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Location

Grid Reference:TG 1711 0039
Map Sheet:TG10SE
Parish:BRACON ASH, SOUTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK
HETHEL, SOUTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

Late Saxon or Saxo-Norman tower and nave south wall. Church heightened and altered in 14th and 15th centuries.
Large mausoleum added and church remodelled in Classical style 1730. Mausoleum to the Branthwayte family.
Regothicisation 1819, 1882.
Roman bricks in tower, and conglomerate. Norman mortar used as stoup.
Very fine collection of monuments to Branthwayte family from early 17th century onwards.
See (S1).
E. Rose (NLA), 21 April 1993.

Historic building report.
The western tower and nave are late 11th century with the north aisle and chancel dating to the 14th or 15th century. There is an 18th century mausoleum and post-medieval alterations. It is one of only three Romanesque churches in Norfolk with a square tower, the others being circular. The techniques of construction suggest the possibility that the church may be of Saxon date. There is a Jacobean tomb in the chancel with effigies of a husband and wife.
See (S2) for further information.
S. Howard (NLA), 16 June 2010.

1999.
Wallpainting found, 16th or 17th century, part of the Apostle's Creed, revealed when removing an 18th century wall memorial.
See (S3).
E. Rose (NLA), 29 March 1999.

March 2003. Building survey.
Stone by stone evaluation of the church tower by rectified photography, followed by interpretation.
See (S4) and (S5) filed with large format illustrations.
See also (S6).
J. Allen (NLA), 6 March 2003.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • CHURCH (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • CHURCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CHURCH (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • MAUSOLEUM (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • BRICK (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • DOOR (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • WINDOW (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FONT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MORTAR (VESSEL) (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)
  • FONT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • WALL PAINTING (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • WINDOW (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • Xbell frame (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TG1700 C,D,H.
---Photograph: JJX 9-11.
---Scheduling record: English Heritage. List of Buildings of Historical and Architectural Interest.
---Photograph: Unknown.
---Newspaper Article: 1989. Eastern Daily Press. 13 June.
---Serial: Pevsner, N.. The Buildings of England..
---Unpublished document: Randall, G.. 2010. WEA Norwich Branch practical church exploration course report for All Saints' Church, Hethel.. October.
---Leaflet: Meredith Sinclair, Richard Watson. All Saints Church, Hethel, Norfolk..
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1989. Cash help may not be enough. 13 June.
<S1>Unpublished document: Rose, E.. 1993. Building Report..
<S2>Unpublished document: Heywood, S.. Historic building report for All Saints' Church, Hethel, Brecon Ash, Norfolk..
<S3>Photograph: Rose, E. (NLA). 1999.
<S4>Photograph: Thomas, P.. 2003. Rectified photography of church tower.
<S5>Unpublished document: Thomas, P.. 2004. All Saints, Hethel. A Report into the Standing Archaeology..
<S6>Article in serial: Gurney, D. and Penn, K. 2004. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk 2003. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLIV Pt III pp 573-588. p 574.
<S7>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2012. Historic tomb to go on display. 1 September.

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