Record Details

NHER Number:10913
Type of record:Building
Name:St Remigius' Church, Roydon (near Diss)

Summary

This trim and pretty church has a stately round tower that is a beacon for miles across the upper Waveney Valley. The tower is post Norman Conquest, but is otherwise undateable, being rendered up to the nave's eaves height. The nave is possibly 12th century, the chancel 13th or 14th century and the south aisle 13th century. Major remodelling took place in the 15th century, including the addition of the elaborate north porch. The top of the tower was removed in 1680 and replaced with the current octagonal belfry in 1864. Other Victorian work includes the tower's west window, the rebuilt south aisle and the south porch, now an organ chamber. Also to the south is an excellent and sympathetic modern suite of hall and meeting rooms, added in the 1990s. The interior is essentially Victorian, but no less attractive for that, with a 15th century octagonal font and a 17th century pulpit. There are well-known memorials to the Frere family, some quite poignant, including one to Temple Frere, who drowned aged 22 in 1840 saving the life of a fellow student at Cambridge

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TM 0963 8036
Map Sheet:TM08SE
Parish:ROYDON (NEAR DISS), SOUTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

Round tower, undated. Possibly Norman nave; chancel 13th/14th century; south arcade 13th century. Major Perpendicular remodelling including ornate north porch. Top of tower removed 1680, replaced 1864. South porch, now organ chamber, by Vulliamy 1840. South aisle rebuilt 1860s.
Perpendicular font, 17th century pulpit, royal arms. Record of stone coffin.

1996. Medieval sherds found.

1998. Fieldwalking Survey and Trial Trenching.
Evaluation in advance of churchyard extension on south revealed a scatter of pot boilers.
See report (S1) for further details.
E.Rose (NAU), 30 January 1998.

See full report (S2), press cuttings (S3) and (S4) and guidebook (S5) in file.
E. Rose (NLA), 21 January 1998.

November 2000 to May 2001. Watching Brief.
Recorded two graves, and the foundations and buttress of the south wall.
See report (S6) for further details. The results of this work are also summarised in (S8) and (S9).
D. Gurney (NLA), 5 October 2001.

Listed (S7).

Monument Types

  • BURNT MOUND (Prehistoric - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • ROUND TOWERED CHURCH (Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1900 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

  • POT BOILER (Prehistoric - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • FLAKE (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC)
  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • COFFIN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • 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)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • WINDOW (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • Xtile pavement (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TM 0980A-F.
---Illustration: Various. Various. Architectural plans.
---Documentary Source: Martin, T. c. 1700-1799. Collections of Church Notes. Norfolk Records Office. c. 1740.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Website: Knott, S.. 2007. St Remigius, Roydon. http://www.norfolkchurches.co.uk/roydon/roydon.htm. 12 February 2007.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, W. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. p 619.
---Leaflet: Simon Cotton. 1984. The Parish Church of Saint Remigius, Roydon, Norfolk..
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Unpublished Contractor Report: Percival, S. 1998. Evaluation Excavation at Land Adjacent to St Remigius' Church, Roydon. Norfolk Archaeological Unit. 288.
<S2>Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. 1998. Building Report.. Building Report.
<S3>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1989. Bell has found a new home. 8 March.
<S4>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1996. Old cedar must face axe of the woodman. 3 May.
<S5>Unpublished Document: The Parish Church of Saint Remigius, Roydon, Norfolk. A Short History.
<S6>Unpublished Contractor Report: Tremlett, S. and Penn, K. 2001. Report on an Archaeological Watching Brief at St Remigius' Church, Roydon. Norfolk Archaeological Unit. 607.
<S7>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England.
<S8>Article in Serial: Gurney, D. and Penn, K. (eds). 2001. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk 2000. Norfolk Archaeology. XLIII Pt IV pp 707-728. p 724.
<S9>Article in Serial: Gurney, D. and Penn, K. (eds). 2002. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk, 2001. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLIV Pt I pp 162-177. p 174.

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