Record Details

NHER Number:563
Type of record:Building
Name:St John the Baptist's Church, Timberhill, Norwich


This parish church has 11th century long and short work in the east wall but mostly dates to the 15th century. It is built of flint with stone and brick dressings and a slate roof with small dormers. All the windows were renewed or refaced in the 19th century and the tower which collapsed in 1784 has been replaced with a Victorian bellcote. Inside, visitors can see a fine chandelier of about 1500 and this is a rare imported type.

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Grid Reference:TG 23186 08258
Map Sheet:TG20NW

Full description

March 1972. Listed Grade I.
Listing Description Excerpt:
"Parish church. 11th-century long and short work in east wall. 15th century. Flint with stone and brick dressings. Slate roofs with small dormers. Lead on aisles. Nave and chancel. North and south aisles. South porch. North 19th-century vestry. All the windows were renewed or refaced in the 19th century. West tower collapsed in 1784."
Information from (S1).
Please consult the National Heritage List for England (S1) for the current details.
Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 16 January 2018. Amended H. Hamilton (HES), 8 November 2019.

Long and short work at northeast corner of original chancel is probably Saxon work of early 11th century.
See (S2).

'St John de Berestrete'.
Founded in the time of the conqueror (Cathedral Register III, 57).
See (S3).
R. R. Clarke (NCM).

1970s or 1980s. Building Survey.
Examined as part of Norwich Survey.
See draft report (S4) for further details.
P. Watkins (HES), 16 January 2018.

The candelabra mentioned is a rare example of an imported type.
See (S5).
E. Rose (NLA) 3 March 2000.

Press cutting (S6) in file.

Lecture by N. Grove at Cambridge provided additional information on the Ritualist history of this church in the late 19th century.
See notes (S7) for further details.
E. Rose (NLA) 24 April 2006.

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Late Saxon to 21st Century - 851 AD to 2100 AD)

Associated Finds

  • WINDOW (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Publication: Cox, J. C. 1911. Country Churches: Norfolk. Vol II. p 181.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TG 20 NW 200.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N. and Wilson, B. 1997. Norfolk 1: Norwich and North-East. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. p 239.
---Publication: Messent, C. J. W. 1932. The City Churches of Norwich. pp 43-44.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2011. Congregation helps raise church roof with £15,000. 8 August.
---Unpublished Document: Cattermole, P. 1985. Some Norwich Churches as seen in the Obedientiary Rolls of Norwich Cathedral Priory, 1276-1536.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Norwich - Post Roman.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Designation: Historic England. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1290337.
<S2>Monograph: Brown, G. B. 1925. Anglo-Saxon Architecture. The Arts in Early England. Vol II. p 474.
<S3>Article in Serial: Jope, E. M. 1952. Excavations in the City of Norwich, 1948. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XXX pp 287-323. p 322.
<S4>Unpublished Report: [Unknown]. [unknown]. St John Timberhill [draft report]. Building Report.
<S5>Article in Serial: Tracy, C.. 1999. Importation of Church Furniture.. Journ British Archaeol Ass. Vol CLII. p 98.
<S6>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1994. Organ in fine new voice is 'one of city's best' after refit. 23 July.
<S7>Unpublished Document: Rose, E. 2006. Church of St John Timberhill - its Ritualist history. Notes from lecture by N Groves at Cambridge 2006.

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