Record Details

NHER Number:2209
Type of record:Building
Name:All Saints' Church, Walsoken


This superb church has a very fine late Norman nave and chancel with arcades. The tower dates to the mid 13th century but has been altered. The roofs, clerestory and east window are Perpendicular and were possibly added when the south chapel was rebuilt in 1536. The north aisle and chapel were altered at similar date. Inside, there is a font dating to 1544 and various fine benches and tombs. A watching brief in March 2010 revealed a sequence of subsoil, a medieval pier base and post-medieval air ducts and pew supports during the removal of overburden within the north aisle prior to the insertion of a new floor. Finds from the investigation included medieval and post-medieval brick and floor tile and an 18th century clay pipe.


  • All Saints' Church, Walsoken. Photograph from  © S. Knott


Grid Reference:TF 4772 1054
Map Sheet:TF41SE

Full description

Very fine late Norman nave and chancel with arcades. Mid 13th century tower and alterations. Windows, doors etc. 14th century. Roofs and celestory and east window Perpendicular, possibly same date as rebuilding of south chapel 1536. North aisle and chapel altered at similar date. Font dated 1544. Benches, tombs etc.
E. Rose (NAU) 23 May 1988.

Details and press cutting in file.

January 2003.
Record of areas in nave where floors removed.
Copy in file.
E. Rose (NLA) 5 February 2003.

May 2005.
Visit to discuss conversion of north chapel to a hall. Further notes on building (S2) in file.
E. Rose (NLA) 4 May 2005.

August 2009. Watching Brief.
The earliest deposit encountered appeared to be a former subsoil and probably predates the construction of the north aisle but it is also possible that this could be a dumped deposit and could mask earlier levels associated with the 14th century aisle or an earlier 12th century predecessor. A medieval pier plinth was partly exposed inserted into this early deposit. Air ducts and pew supports likely to be of post-medieval date were also recovered and above this was a broadly contemporary tiled floor. Finds from the investigation included medieval and post-medieval brick and floor tile and an 18th century clay pipe.
See report (S3) for further details. The results of this work are also summarised in (S4).
The associated archive has been deposited with the Norwich Castle Museum (NWHCM : 2016.340).
S. Howard (NLA), 19 August 2010. Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 23 June 2019.

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • xburied soil (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD?)
  • FLOOR (17th Century to 19th Century - 1700 AD? to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • BRICK (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • TILE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • WINDOW GLASS (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • CLAY PIPE (SMOKING) (17th Century to 18th Century - 1700 AD to 1799 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building
  • Listed Building
  • Listed Building
  • Listed Building
  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Monograph: Bryant, T. H. 1902. Hundred of Freebridge Marshland. The Churches of Norfolk. Vol X. pp 91-101.
---Unpublished Document: Baggs, A.P.. 2003. Notes and photographs.
---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 748-750; Pl 42.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N. 1962. North-West and South Norfolk. The Buildings of England. 1st Edition. pp 364-366; Pl 20a.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Medieval. Walsoken.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Newspaper Article: [Photograph of the chancel at All Saints' Church, Walsoken].
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Article in Serial: Clapham. 1934. [unknown]. Vol II, p 129. p 129.
<S2>Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. 2005. Addendum to Building Report. Building Report.
<S3>Unpublished Contractor Report: Cope-Faulkner, P. 2010. Archaeological Watching Brief at All Saints' Church, Walsoken, Norfolk. Archaeological Project Services. 35/10.
<S4>Article in Serial: Gurney, D., Bown, J. and Hoggett, R. 2011. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk in 2010. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLVI Pt II pp 262-276. p 274.

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