Record Details

NHER Number:5390
Type of record:Building
Name:All Saints' Church, Shotesham


This church has a picturesque position on a hillock above a small open valley with a meandering stream. The earliest parts of the church date to around 1300 and include the plain west tower, which features an extraordinary 19th century iron staircase to access the bell chamber. The rest of the building dates to the late 14th/15th century but the church underwent restoration during 1898-1901. As such, many of the windows and the roofing date to this time. Inside there are plenty of fine furnishings and monuments to view. Amongst these are a fine, carved set of Royal arms above the north door, a Jacobean wooden chest and 19th century kaleidoscopic stained glass windows meant to imitate those in Milan Cathedral.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TM 2467 9901
Map Sheet:TM29NW

Full description

November 1959. Listed, Grade II*.
Listing Description:
Parish church. Medieval and later. Flint with ashlar and some brick dressings. Pantiled roofs. West tower with vestry to south, aisleless nave with north porch and chancel with south aisle. C15 west tower with diagonal
buttresses. Bell-openings with Perpendicular tracery surviving to west only. Crenellated parapet with gargoyles. 2-light traceried west window. Main fabric of nave C11 or C12 with former eastern rubble quoins marking extent. 5 restored 3-light Perpendicular windows with crenellated and cusped transoms. Victorian sanctus bell surmounted by eagle. Chancel with modern Y-traceried east window. Plain chamfered chancel and tower arches. 2-bay chancel with plain chamfered arcades (blocked to north). Remains of rood stair. C15 octagonal font with lions and angels. Surviving late medieval wall paintings with one complete figure being burnt (in Hell presumably). Jacobean communion rail with turned balusters.
Information from (S1).
H. Mellor (HES) 5 May 2016.

On mound; dating to around 1300, late 14th and 15th centuries. Rood light? Good furnishings.
For full details see report (S2) and press cutting (S3) in file.
E. Rose (NAU) 6 September 1975.

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Medieval to 21st Century - 1066 AD to 2100 AD)

Associated Finds

  • FONT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PISCINA (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PISCINA (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WALL PAINTING (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • Xtile pavement (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building
  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TM2499 C-E,F.
---Monograph: Bryant, T. H. 1901. Hundred of Henstead. The Churches of Norfolk. Vol VII. pp 77-83.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1981. Repairs problem faces village. 18 June.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, W. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. pp 647-648.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Designation: Historic England. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1050644.
<S2>Unpublished Document: E. Rose. 1975. Building Report.. Building Report.
<S3>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1980. [Photograph of All Saints' Church, Shotesham]. 2 August.

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MNO6969Related to: Church of All Saints The Street (south side) SHOTESHAM (Revoked)

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