Record Details

NHER Number:1344
Type of record:Building
Name:Ruins of St Peter's Church, Great Ringstead


These are the ruins of the former church of Great Ringstead, which is recorded as having a nave, chancel and tower. The flint-built Saxo-Norman round tower is all that survives after partial demolition in 1771 was more or less completed in 1792. This act was brought about by a drop in the parish population making it impossible for the community to support two churches. Left-over materials from here were used to restore St Andrew's church. It is worth noting that brick fragments and skeletons have been recorded in the former grounds here.

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Grid Reference:TF 7050 4017
Map Sheet:TF74SW

Full description

Ruins of St Peter's Church, Great Ringstead.
Saxo-Norman round tower with ?16th century window, and platform of church demolished late 18th century.
Folly attached made of brick kiln fragments.
Finds of human skeletal remains.
For full details see report (S1) in file.

December 1982.
Ivy killed off but large cracks in west side and much rubble fallen. Restoration planned but not begun.
E. Rose (NAU).

Appropriate section from reference (S1) in file.

Monument Types

  • ROUND TOWERED CHURCH (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • ROUND TOWERED CHURCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CHURCH (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • DOVECOTE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • FOLLY (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • HUMAN REMAINS (Unknown date)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • KILN WASTE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building
  • Scheduled Monument

Sources and further reading

---Designation: [unknown]. Ancient Monuments Form. SAM Record. DNF601.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TF 74 SW 10.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Photograph: Landowner. 1982. St Peter's, before restoration.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, W. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. p 614.
---Photograph: Photographs of St. Peter's Church, Great Ringstead. Colour.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Late Saxon. Ringstead.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Medieval. Ringstead.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Slide: Various. Slide.
---Photograph: CCF8-11.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England.
<S2>Monograph: Batcock, N. 1991. The Ruined and Disused Churches of Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology. No 51. Microfiche 5:G12. No 102; p 52.

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