Record Details

NHER Number:594
Type of record:Monument
Name:Site of St Michael's Church, Conesford, Norwich


Documentary evidence confirms that the Church of St Michael was in existence between AD 1186 and 1210. At an uncertain date the parish was united to St Peter Parmentergate, and in 1360 it was sold to the Austin Friars to become part of their cloister site (NHER 374). Evidence for the church has been excavated at site NHER 84, and the churchyard is listed under NHER 390.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 23532 08268
Map Sheet:TG20NW

Full description

Church of St Michael Conisford (or Conesford).

Church in existance by AD 1186 - 1210 (S1).
Sold to Austin Friars 1360 and their cloister site.
Parish united to St Peter Parmentergate.
'This church was formally acquired by the St Augustinians in 1368 and its ornaments were placed by the archdeacon in the care of a parishioner. The building itself had been demolished to make way for the conventual buildings eight years before' (S2).

1998. Desk-based Assessment.
An archaeological impact assessment emphasizes the historical significance of King Street, the north-south spine of the Late Saxon town and the character of the site, which was occupied from an early date although just outside the line of the defensive circuit. The waterfront area of King Street was of growing importance to institutional 'developers' from the 13th century, with ecclesiastical and commerical interests dominating in the 15th century (resulting in 'Dragon Hall'). After the Dissolution the major ecclesiastical precinct, the Austin Friars, became private gardens to the Duke of Norfolk's townhouse, Howard House. Development here will have a major impact on the remains of the defensive circuit and may provide an opportunity to examine further the Late Saxon remains and the medieval friary and waterfront complexes.
See report (S3) for further details. The results of this assessment are summarised in (S4).
D. Holburn (HES), 5 December 2011.

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Medieval - 1186 AD? to 1210 AD?)
  • FRIARY (Medieval to 16th Century - 1360 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Monograph: Batcock, N. 1991. The Ruined and Disused Churches of Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology. No 51. Microfiche 5:G12. No N35; p 175.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Norwich - Post Roman.
<S1>Monograph: West, J. R. 1932. St. Benet of Holme, 1020-1210. The eleventh and and twelfth century sections of Cott. Ms. Galba E.ii, the register of the abbey of St. Benet of Holme. Norfolk Record Society Publications. Vol II. p 174.
<S2>Monograph: Watkin, A. 1947-1948. Archdeaconry of Norwich: Inventory of Church Goods, temp. Edward III (Parts I and II). Norfolk Record Society Publications. XIX.
<S3>Unpublished Contractor Report: Shelley, A. 1999. St Anne's Wharf, King Street, Norwich. An Archaeological Impact Assessment. Norfolk Archaeological Unit. 388.
<S4>Article in Serial: Gurney, D. and Penn, K. (eds). 1999. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk 1998. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLIII Pt II pp 369-387. p 380.

Related records

84Parent of: Part of site of St Michael Conesford Church, No 99 to 107 King Street (Monument)
390Parent of: Site of churchyard of St Michael's Conesford, Norwich (Monument)
374Part of: Austin Friary Precinct, King Street, Norwich (Monument)

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