Record Details

NHER Number:12903
Type of record:Building
Name:St Mary's Church, Yelverton


This church probably began life in the early medieval period, and was remodelled around 1300 when the south chapel was added. In the 14th century a south aisle was added, and the tower was rebuilt in 1674, but a Norman window survies in the chancel. Inside there is a 13th century square font, a late medieval screen, and a number of monuments from the late medieval period, as well as a small unidentified tombstone or coffin lid that is thought to date to the 13th century. The church was fully restored twice in the late 19th century. The appearance of a double splayed circular window in the north chancel wall in 2006 may indicate a Late Saxon origin for the church.


  • St Mary's Church, Yelverton. Photograph from  © S. Knott


Grid Reference:TG 2923 0218
Map Sheet:TG20SE

Full description

Early Norman massive conglomerate northeast nave quoins, and north chancel window. South chapel probably originally of around 1300, as are some windows. Present overall form of building except tower is later 14th century. Chapel remodelled and nave reroofed around 1500; rood screen of this period. Tower rebuilt 1674. Restoration 1883. Contains a number of interesting monumental brasses and an important memorial of 1661.
(S1) in file.
E. Rose (NLA), 18 February 2006.

July 2006.
Circular window beginning to appear as render falls from north chancel wall, reported by [1] confirmed by E. Rose (NLA). This, taken with the early Norman work, must raise the possibility of a Saxon date.
See (S3) for further information.
E. Rose (NLA), 16 August 2006.

October 2006.
Extremely fine 13th century graveslab rediscovered, also post medieval inscriptions on glass.
See (S2).
E. Rose (NLA), 24 October 2006.

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Late Saxon to 21st Century - 851 AD? to 2100 AD)

Associated Finds

  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FONT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PISCINA (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • ROOD SCREEN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TG 2902A,B.
---Monograph: Bryant, T. H. 1901. Hundred of Henstead. The Churches of Norfolk. Vol VII. pp 122-128.
---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 809-810.
---Leaflet: Stedman, M. et al. 1978. Eleven Churches - A Guide to the Bramerton Group, Norfolk. Norwich Printing Services. pp 62-67.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. 2006. Building Report.. Building Report.
<S2>Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. 2006. Further Building Report. Building Report.
<S3>Article in Serial: Gurney, D. (ed.). 2007. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk in 2006. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLV Pt II pp 261-273. p 273.

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