Record Details

NHER Number:10185
Type of record:Building
Name:St Margaret's Church, Hempnall


Although St Margaret's Church today is essentially the work of restorers, particularly those in 1857, it has very early origins, the nave and the remains of the chancel being Saxon or Saxo-Norman. The north aisle and the tower were built in about 1300 and the south aisle and porch in the 14th century. The 15th century saw the aisles and chancel extended. However, several reported fires in the church led to its extensive restoration in 1857, when the ruined chancel was largely demolished. Less extensive work was carried out at intervals throughout the 20th century. Today, the interior of the church is light and airy, with the altar brought forward into the nave. The 15th century font survives, its octagonal bowl decorated with lions and angels with shields.


  • St Margaret's Church, Hempnall.  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service


Grid Reference:TM 2412 9445
Map Sheet:TM29SW

Full description

Late Saxon or Saxo Norman nave and part chancel (quoins and former windows).
North aisle and tower date to about 1300. South aisle and porch 14th century.
Aisles and chancel extended 15th century (or 1504?) majority of chancel demolished 18th century.
Much restored in 1857.

Furnishings include excellent 15th century font, and chest. See report (S1) in file. Restoration plans (S2) and other details in file. Printout of (S3) in file. (S4).
E. Rose (NAU), 5 July 1984.

1983 to 1984.
Sherd of late medieval/Transitional pottery from graveyard. Sherd not seen.
E. Rose (NAU), 29 November 1985.

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds

  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FONT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PISCINA (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • TILE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • WINDOW (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TM 2194A,B.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TM 29 SW 12.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, W. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. pp 394-395.
---Leaflet: Roy Tricker. 1977. The Hempnall Group, A Historical Guide..
---Leaflet: The Hempnall Team Council. 2006. The Parish Churches of the Hempnall Group. UEA Norwich.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. 1984. Building Report. Building Report.
<S2>Unpublished Document: Restoration Drawing.
<S3>Website: Knott, S.. 2005. St Margaret, Hempnall. 25 June 2010.
<S4>Designation: Historic England. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1050328.

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