Record Details

NHER Number:3683
Type of record:Building
Name:St Mary's Church, Rougham


This intriguing church is situated at the edge of the park. It dates mostly to the 14th-16th centuries but also features earlier Norman carvings and Roman bricks. The north aisle and roof are far more modern, having been restored in 1913. Inside the arcade features very slim columns with floral capitals as well as a nice, early 19th century carving of the Ten Commandments. Several important late medieval brasses are housed here, including many dedicated to the Yelverton family and one depicting two chrysom babes. It is also worth noting that a gravestone in the churchyard commemorates Thomas Keppel North, the man who designed the first aeroplane to fly across the Atlantic.


  • St Mary's Church in Rougham  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service


Grid Reference:TF 8305 2050
Map Sheet:TF82SW

Full description

Some reset Norman carvings. Roman bricks claimed. Basic build is early 14th century, but present windows, west door, chancel and north arcade are 15th/16th. North aisle and chapel removed in late 17th century; alterations of this date removed again in 1870s and in 1913 when high quality restoration provided a new aisle and roof.
Several important late medieval brasses.
Headstones in yard include listed example of 1919 depicting the first aircraft to cross the Atlantic.
Information from (S1) and (S2).
E. Rose (NLA) 12 February 2005.

Before 11 November 2006. Found during grave digging.
Fragment of 16th century Flemish ceramic floor tile, no original edge present, brown lead/iron glaze. 43mm thick, weighing 156g. Large size, see for comparison Drury (S3), Type 3, probably 240-245 mm square.
A. Rogerson (NLA) 4 November 2006.

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • BRICK (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • FLOOR TILE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building
  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TF8220 W-X; TF8320 E,F,G,H.
---Article in Serial: Fawcett, R. 1980. A Group of Churches by the Architect of Great Walsingham. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XXVII Pt III pp 292-294.
---Monograph: Bryant, T. H. 1903. Hundred of Launditch. The Churches of Norfolk. pp 169-179.
---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1993. TF 8320J.
---Monograph: Davison, A. 1988. Six Deserted Villages in Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology. No 44. pp 66-70.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Monograph: Mortlock, D. & Roberts, C.. 1981. The Popular Guide to Norfolk Churches..
---Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, W. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. pp 617-618.
---Leaflet: Rougham, Church of St Mary..
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Photograph: ELE 19-20, ELK 8-9, Ladbrooke AS 7-8.
<S1>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entries 1169479 and 1342461.
<S2>Unpublished Document: Rose, E. (NLA). 2005. Building Report.. Building Report.
<S3>Article in Monograph: Rogerson, A. and Ashley, S. J. 1987. The Parish Churches of Barton Bendish: the Excavation of All Saints' and the architecture of St Andrew's and St Mary's. Three Norman Churches in Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology. Rogerson, A. et al.. No 32 pp 1-66. p 41.
<S6>Newspaper Article: Lynn News. 1991. [Photograph of Thomas Keppel North's tombstone in St Mary's Church, Rougham churchyard]. 19 March.
<S6>Newspaper Article: Lynn News. 1999. Tribute to Transatlantic pioneer. 9 March.

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