Record Details

NHER Number:10167
Type of record:Building
Name:St John the Baptist's Church, Morningthorpe


Situated on the edge of a farmyard, this neat church consists of a round west tower, nave, chancel and south porch. Although subject to a comprehensive Victorian restoration, the tower has Saxo-Norman origins and the rest of the church is 14th to 16th century (though the south porch is a Victorian rebuild). The interior of the church is mainly Victorian too, but a 15th century octagonal font survives, with a piscina and tomb in the chancel from the same period. There is also an interesting assemblage of 16th to 19th century memorials and tombs. In the churchyard are a number of unusual late 19th century gravestones with pointed ogee tops and carved foliage along the edges.


  • St John the Baptist's Church, Morningthorpe.  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service


Grid Reference:TM 2184 9255
Map Sheet:TM29SW

Full description

Round tower, base Saxo-Norman; discovered in 1988 to enclose an octagonal section at centre apparently where tower heightened, possibly in 15th century. Saxo-Norman window in south wall also. 14th century doorways and chancel arch. Major 15th/16th century renovation; windows etc.

Roofs and porch rebuilt late 19th century.

Good 15th century font. Good assemblage of 16th to 19th century memorials and tombs.
See full report (S1), photographs (S2) and correspondence (S3) in file.
E. Rose (NAU), 19 February 1988.

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Late Saxon to 19th Century - 851 AD to 1900 AD)
  • SITE (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • SITE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • SITE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • WINDOW (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FONT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PISCINA (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TM2192 G,H-K.
---Designation: Historic England. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1154001.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TM 29 SW 14.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Website: Knott, S.. 2005. St John the Baptist, Morningthorpe. 21 June 2006.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, W. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. p 546.
---Leaflet: Roy Tricker. 1977. The Hempnall Group, A Historical Guide..
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Late Saxon. Morningthorpe.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Rose, E. NAU. 1988. Building Report.. Building Report.
<S2>Photograph: EGK 10 & 1988 by Anderson, A..
<S3>Correspondence: Anderson, A., Architect.. 1988. Letter to E. Rose (NAU). 27 April.

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