Record Details

NHER Number:6822
Type of record:Building
Name:St Margaret's Church, Suffield


St Margaret is a flint building with a late 13th century chancel containing a handsome double piscina of Purbeck marble. The east bay of the north aisle is in the Decorated style, though the rest of the church is in the Perpendicular style. The main roofs date to 1868, although the arch-braced roods are early 16th century and there remains some tracery work in the spandrels. Inside is a particularly attractive and interesting screen from the 15th century, depicting a large number of animals and saints in allegories and stories from the Bible.


  • St Margaret's Church, Suffield. Photograph from  © S. Knott


Grid Reference:TG 2332 3124
Map Sheet:TG23SW

Full description

13th to 16th centuries. Good rood screen.
For full details see report (S1) in file.
Compiled by E. Rose (NAU), 5 November 1981.

See (S2).

29 July 1996. NLA aerial photography (S3).
Appears on photograph.
H. Clare (NLA), 27 April 2001.

April 2011. Watching Brief.
An archaeological watching brief was carried out by Chris Birks Archaeological Services at St Margaret's Church, Suffield, during installation of rainwater drainage system. No finds or features of archaeological significance were present within the limits of the excavations.
See report (S4) for further details.
E. Bales (HES), 23 July 2012.

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds

  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FONT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PISCINA (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • ROOD SCREEN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • WINDOW (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TG2331 E-G.
---Monograph: Bryant, T. H. 1900. Hundred of North Erpingham. Vol V. pp 94-103.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2010. £1.4m church repairs boost. 19 February.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2010. Church friends inviting bids for repair work. 15 October.
---Leaflet: Bestelink, W.. A short guide to the church of St Margaret of Antioch, Suffield..
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. 1981. Building Report. Building Report.
<S2>Monograph: Pevsner, N. and Wilson, B. 1997. Norfolk 1: Norwich and North-East. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. pp 681-682.
<S3>Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1996. TG2331/K.
<S4>Unpublished Contractor Report: Birks, C. 2011. Report on an Archaeological Watching Brief at St Margaret of Antioch Church, Suffield, Norfolk. Chris Birks Archaeological Services. CB250R.

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