Record Details

NHER Number:7126
Type of record:Building
Name:St Mary's Church, Colkirk


This medieval church has later features and a 19th century north aisle. The font is probably 12th century in date. A window in the chancel contains 15th century stained glass. A 17th century wall memorial and a coffin slab were originally at All Saints' Church, Oxwick (NHER 7127), but were brought to St Mary's after All Saints' was disused. Possible prehistoric pottery and medieval sherds have been found in the churchyard.

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Grid Reference:TF 9178 2654
Map Sheet:TF92NW

Full description

October 1976.
Much conglomerate in walls, especially forming quoins between nave and chancel on south. Early 14th century. South porch tower with ogees and head corbels on entrance arch, and graffitti of crosses on south doorway: cusped niche over door. Door to tower stair is set in nave wall. Nave and chancel have Decorated/Perpendicular transition windows. North aisle of 1870: (S1) says it incorporates the 14th century north door, but the only door here is the small vestry door, which has no distinguishing features. In chancel the southeast window (which contains old glass) is lowered to form a sedilia, with a piscina reached by large cusped arches from sedilia and chancel: next to it is a pointed aumbry. Outside on chancel southwest is a blocked yet restored ogee low side window with head corbels. Font is unusual apparently late 12th century.
Norman on later Early English quatrefoil base: it has been badly repaired with lead. Foliate carved stone coffin lid reserved in north aisle.
17th, 18th, 19th century memorials in vestry behind organ, presumably placed there in the 1870 restoration: however one 17th century tombstone from the yard is preserved in the sanctuary, and in north aisle is a 17th century memorial in exceptionally good literary style. 18th century floor tombs. 19th century roof and furnishings. Chalice and paten (footed) Norwich 1697. Roof is being repaired, otherwise in good condition.
E. Rose (NAU), 27 October 1976.

The 17th century memorial was moved from Oxwick in 1943.
E. Rose (NAU).

January 1984. Molehill on edge path immediately inside south gate of churchyard.
Two joining body sherds unglazed Grimston.
A. Rogerson (NAU).

July 1992.
According to the parishioners in 1992, the coffin slab was also brought from Oxwick in recent years.
E. Rose (NLA), 10 July 1992.

September 1996.
Surface of grave of Gabriel Barnby, to south-west of church:
Two body sherds probably gritted prehistoric/Iron Age sherds.
One body sherd medieval unglazed (smaller).
North of nave:
One body sherd medieval unglazed (larger).
Very bright sunlight. No overall search made.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 14 October 1996.

September 2005.
The 'old' glass in the southeast chancel window is 15th century.
See (S2).
D. Robertson (NLA), 6 September 2005.

Before 10 June 2009. Casual finds whilst grave digging.
Late Saxon and medieval pottery.
See list in file
A. Rogerson, (NLA), 30 June 2009

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Prehistoric - 1000000 BC to 42 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • CHURCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CHURCH (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • POT (Late Prehistoric - 4000 BC to 42 AD)
  • POT (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • COFFIN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FONT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PISCINA (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (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)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TF9126B, C.
---Monograph: Bryant, T. H. 1903. Hundred of Launditch. The Churches of Norfolk. pp 35-43.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Illustration: Ladbrooke. [unknown].
---Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, W. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. p 266.
---Slide: Various. Slide.
---Photograph: AR11-12 (Ladbrooke).
<S1>Monograph: Pevsner, N. 1962. North-West and South Norfolk. The Buildings of England. 1st Edition. p 122.
<S2>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1077464.

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