Record Details

NHER Number:41861
Type of record:Building
Name:Friends Meeting House and burial ground


A late 17th or early century former chapel, much altered, and possibly once an agricultural building. It is of red brick with a pantiled roof. To the south is the chapel's burial ground, which is the resting place of the novelist Anna Sewell, who died in 1878. The burial ground was partially destroyed in 1984, but her headstone and two others have been reset in a new wall.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 24180 22909
Map Sheet:TG22SW

Full description

Former chapel, late 17th/early 18th century, much altered, perhaps originally an agricultural building. Red brick, with pantiled roof. Moulded plinth. South façade with central door and four early 19th century casements. Dentilled eaves. Parapet gables, with two blocked openings to west.
Information from (S1).

Burial ground to south bulldozed without permission in 1984. Headstone of Anna Sewell, authoress (died 1878) and two others were later reset in a new wall against the road
Many press cuttings in file (S2 to S7).
E. Rose (NLA), 11 July 2005.

See (S8) for further information including some details of the memorials which are then referred to as then being in an overgrown burial ground.
A. Yardy (HES), 11 December 2012.

See digital photos of three headstones referred to above.
D. Gurney (HES), 02 January 2014.

Monument Types

  • FRIENDS BURIAL GROUND (Post Medieval to Modern - 1650 AD to 2050 AD)
  • FRIENDS MEETING HOUSE (Post Medieval - 1650 AD to 1858 AD)
  • NONCONFORMIST MEETING HOUSE (Post Medieval - 1650 AD to 1858 AD)
  • WESLEYAN REFORM UNION CHAPEL (Post Medieval to Cold War - 1859 AD to 1981 AD?)
  • HOUSE (Cold War to Modern - 1981 AD to 2050 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Scheduling record: English Heritage. List of Buildings of Historical and Architectural Interest.
<S2>Newspaper Article: 1984. Eastern Daily Press. 5 September.
<S3>Newspaper Article: 1984. Eastern Daily Press. 6 September.
<S4>Newspaper Article: 1984. Eastern Daily Press. 7 September.
<S5>Newspaper Article: 1984. Eastern Daily Press. 13 September.
<S6>Newspaper Article: 1984. Eastern Daily Press. 24 October.
<S7>Newspaper Article: 1985. Eastern Daily Press. 13 February.
<S8>Monograph: Stell, C.. 2002. Nonconformist Chapels and Meeting-houses in Eastern England. pp.232-3.

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