Record Details

NHER Number:395
Type of record:Monument
Name:Site of church of St Vedast, Rose Lane, Norwich


St Vedast is believe to have been a pre-conquest church, although the first direct documentary reference is in AD 1154 to 1160. The church was demolished in 1540 to 1541, and in 1562 the parish was united with St Peter Parmentergate and the churchyard (NHER 131) was leased out by the Dean and Chapter. The churchyard was in use at least to 1744, and a house was built on the side in the 19th century, incorporating a fragment of a Late Saxon cross recovered from the churchyard. The house was demolished in 1896. The site sits within what is believed to be the Greyfriar Precinct (NHER 373), but the nature of the relationship between St Vedast and the friary is unclear.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 2353 0857
Map Sheet:TG20NW

Full description

Site of St Vedast's Church.

The first direct documentary reference is for 1154 to 1160, although it has long been suggested as a pre-conquest church. The church was demolished in 1540 to 1541. In 1562 the parish was united with St Peter Parmentergate and the churchyard was leased out by the Dean and Chapter. The churchyard was in use at least to 1744.

A house was built on the site in the 19th century, demolished in 1896. As noted in (S1), a Late Saxon cross shaft was built into the angle of this house. This cross was given to the Norwich Castle Museum (NWHCM : 1896.75).

It is noted in (S2) that St Vedast's Church was traditionally regarded as a pre-conquest church due to its dedication and the belief that it is one of the Norwich churches mentioned in Domesday, albeit not by name. It is recorded that Edstan held two churches and the sixth part of a third; the latter being identified with the church of St Vedast as "at a later time the sixth part of that church was given to the almoner of Norwich Priory". It is argued in (S2) and (S3) that that the dedication is Flemish. A 13th century list shows the church to have been dedicated also to St Armond (a Flemish saint). It does however appear that it is not entirely certain that this was a pre-conquest church - see (S4) for a brief discussion of the available evidence.

See file for further details.

Note that this record partly duplicates the churchyard site (NHER 131).

Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 4 October 2017.

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Late Saxon to 16th Century - 851 AD? to 1540 AD)
  • CROSS (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Article in Serial: Jope, E. M. 1952. Excavations in the City of Norwich, 1948. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XXX pp 287-323. pp 319-320.
---Monograph: Batcock, N. 1991. The Ruined and Disused Churches of Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology. No 51. Microfiche 5:G12. No N48; p 175.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TG 20 NW 29 [2].
---Unpublished Document: Cattermole, P. 1985. Some Norwich Churches as seen in the Obedientiary Rolls of Norwich Cathedral Priory, 1276-1536.
---Record Card: NCM Staff. 1973-1989. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card - Norwich.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Norwich - Post Roman.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Article in Serial: Cozens-Hardy B. 1934. Norfolk Crosses. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XXV Pt II pp 297-336. p 320.
<S2>Article in Serial: Hudson, W. 1888. The Stone Bridge by the Horse Fair in St Faiths Lane, Norwich; with some Account of the Ancient History and Topography of the Adjoining District. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol X pp 117-142. pp 135-141.
<S3>Article in Serial: Hudson, W. 1898. On a Sculptured Stone recently removed from a House on the Site of the Church of St. Vedast, Norwich. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XIII pp 116-124.
<S4>Unpublished Document: [Unknown]. St. Vedast [notes on evidence for pre-conquest origin].

Related records

131Parent of: Site of churchyard of St Vedast (Monument)
373Part of: Greyfriars' Precinct, Norwich (Monument)

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