Record Details

NHER Number:1853
Type of record:Building
Name:St Mary Magdalen's Church, Warham


This church has a Norman north doorway with one order of columns carrying cushion capitals. The tower appears to be Decorated, though the lower courses have 11th or 12th century masonry and the battlements may be later. In the chancel is a priest's doorway, placed in an attractive and unusual way inside a little gabled porch from which rises the chancel's south buttress. Insider there is a Turner mausoleum of brick with Gothick Y-tracery windows dating to 1704. The interior was restored in 1800 to 1801 and most of the features date from that period.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 9428 4167
Map Sheet:TF94SW

Full description

Remarkable and important church. Saxon or Saxo-Norman tower, nave west and north walls. Nave widened to south, and north door made in Norman period. Major Perpendicular period remodelling with unusual priest's door porch; possible 14th century heightening of tower and alterations, but these possibly also of Perpendicular date. Turner mausoleum 1704. 1800-1 internal remodelling, still surviving set of box pews, three decker pulpet, hatpegs, etc. Large quantities of Norwich and Foreign stained glass 15th -19th century.
See report and press cuttings (S1) in file.
Information from (S2).
E. Rose (NAU), 8 April 1988.

Before 9 November 2005. Casual find while grave digging.
Late Saxon or medieval pottery sherd.
See description in file.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 14 December 2005

Monument Types

  • CHURCH? (Late Saxon - 851 AD? to 1065 AD?)
  • CHURCH (Medieval to 21st Century - 1066 AD? to 2100 AD)
  • MAUSOLEUM (18th Century to 21st Century - 1704 AD to 2100 AD)

Associated Finds

  • POT (Late Saxon to Medieval - 851 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FONT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • PISCINA (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building
  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TF9441A.
---Monograph: Bryant, T. H. 1898. Hundred of North Greenhoe. The Churches of Norfolk. Vol II. pp 28-31.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N. and Wilson, B. 1997. Norfolk 1: Norwich and North-East. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. pp 706-707; Pl 54.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Newspaper Article: 1959. Shadow Over a Village. 23 October.
---Unpublished Report: Council for the Care of Churches. 1988. Warham, St. Mary Magdalene, Norfolk (Norwich).
---Newspaper Article: The Journal. 1950. "Swan's Nest" from the Danish Camp. 10 February.
---Photograph: EGK28,FFX31-36.
---Website: Knott, S.. 2005. St Mary Magdalene, Warham.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Newspaper Article: Dereham and Fakenham Times. 1989. Big grant to save old church. 17 February.
<S2>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England.

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