Record Details

NHER Number:1347
Type of record:Building
Name:All Saints' Church, Thornham


A medieval parish church that dates mainly from the 13th and 15th centuries with some 19th century restoration. The church has many Early English features including the south door and a Perpendicular nave, clerestory and aisles. The church contains a number of interesting 15th century carved bench ends, a 15th century font, part of a late 15th century painted rood screen and medieval brasses.


  • All Saints' Church, Thornham.  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service


Grid Reference:TF 7337 4344
Map Sheet:TF74SW

Full description

Nave 13th century Early English and Perpendicular - Early English round and octagonal pillars, and arches, reused on Perp bases when nave heightened by inserting the higher bases and a clerestory. Fine roof with wallposts on stone head corbels, longitudinal arched braces and hammerbeams. Perp west tower, aisle windows and south porch, but latter contains Early English doorway with 14th century traceried door having an ogee wicket.
Chancel over-restored 1877.
Octagonal carved font. Pulpit 1631. Painted screen dated 1488. Carved benches.
Plate: large paten on foot 1695, cup 1783, paten on foot 1823.
Information from (S1); not yet visited.
E. Rose (NAU).

According to cutting in (S2), tower was begun in 1635 but not finished until 1935!
E. Rose (NAU).

A brass of 1480 reported in 1890 is now lost.
E. Rose (NAU).

Tom Martin about 1740, calling it 'Thorndham', notes a parvis and says a medieval brass from here was held by a Mr Wynde.
E. Rose (NAU).

[1] notes a bellframe and bell by Taylors of Loughborough 1865 also containing a medieval bell possibly one of the oldest in Norfolk.
(S3) in file.
E. Rose (NLA), 1 May 1993.

Church contains a 17th century altar frontal, restored in 2001.
E. Rose (NLA), 29 October 2001.

April 2003.
Noted only in passing that the churchyard wall is certainly 19th century but contains very large quantities of reused limestone - presumably from 1870s restoration of church.
E. Rose (NLA), 22 April 2003.

July 2008.
Proposal for consolidated gravel path around the church tower and a disabled access ramp.
See file for more information
H. White (NLA) 12 December 2008

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PARISH CHURCH (Medieval to 19th Century - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)
  • CHURCH (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • ARCHITECTURAL FRAGMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • ROOD SCREEN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • Xbell frame (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1342296.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Newspaper Article: Lynn News. 1999. [Articles on the replacement of the bell].
---Leaflet: 1992. The Church of All Saints, Thornham..
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, W. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. pp 723-724.
<S2>Archive: Bolingbroke Collection.
<S3>Unpublished Document: Cattermole, P.. 1993. Thornham Bells. 8 April.

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