Record Details

NHER Number:8653
Type of record:Building
Name:All Saints' Church, Filby


A medieval parish church, dating mainly from the 14th century. The tower and south porch were built in the 15th century, and a rood screen was also added. The church contains a 13th century font, and some important examples of 14th century ironwork. After falling into disrepair in the 18th century, the church was restored in the 19th century.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 4690 1322
Map Sheet:TG41SE

Full description

Church mostly early 14th century but tower is 15th/16th.
South porch demolished.
Late 19th century restoration provided a remarkable roof. May have had detached chapel in churchyard.
Important medieval ironwork, 15th century painted screen, 19th century memorials.
13th century font.
See (S1) and (S2).
E. Rose (NLA), 16 June 2005.

(S3) notes: two aisles, tower with battlements. Five bells, thatched except aisles, north porch, ruined south porch.
'Take all the church of Filby together and tis a pretty building but the jackdaws and pidgeons fowl (sic) it very much. I saw a very nasty sight in the bason of the font vizt. Near a dozen very nasty fowl pipes, with tobacco in a pack and dirty candles ends, put in there by the ringers as I was told, quite shameful'.
Transcribed by E. Rose (NAU) 1982.

Diocesian committee 1987 records 14th century ironwork on north door now inside 19th century porch ? to be made into vestry, etc.
E. Rose (NAU) 29 April 1987.

(S4) notes that a commercial telegraph stood on the tower in 1803.
E. Rose (NLA) 11 April 1997.

For Norwich workshop ironwork see (S5).
E. Rose (NLA) January 2001.

[1] states that in the 1990s when a childrens corner was made at the west end of the church and the pews removed, he found and excavated the top of a brick vault; it is now covered with pamments. He also states that he has excavated the foundations of the demolished south porch.
E. Rose (NLA), 12 June 2003.

Monument Types

  • CHAPEL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CHURCH (Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)
  • TELEGRAPH STATION (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TG4613E, F.
---Newspaper Article: 2000. Eastern Daily Press. 21 January.
---Leaflet: Filby and its Church..
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Unpublished document: Rose, E. (NLA). 2005. Building Report..
<S2>Scheduling record: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England.
<S3>Publication: Martin, T.. 1740. Church Notes.
<S4>Article in serial: Fone, J. F. 1996. Signalling from Norwich to the Coast in the Napoleonic Period. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLII Pt III pp 356-361. p 360.
<S5>Article in monograph: Geddes, J. 1996. The Medieval Decorative Ironwork. Norwich Cathedral: Church, City and Diocese, 1096-1996. Atherton, I. et al (eds.). pp 431-442. p 435.

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