Record Details

NHER Number:7908
Type of record:Building
Name:St Edmund's Church, Taverham

Summary

This church has Saxo-Norman origins and has an impressive round tower with an octagonal top and flushwork battlements. The west wall of the nave and part of the north wall and door may be contemporary. The church was extended in the 13th and 14th centuries, and altered after a fire in 1495. Inside there is the head of a Late Saxon cross and various pieces of exceptional medieval woodwork, including a beautiful carved communion rail with flamboyant tracery.

Images

  • St Edmund's Church, Taverham.  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service

Location

Grid Reference:TG 1607 1381
Map Sheet:TG11SE
Parish:TAVERHAM, BROADLAND, NORFOLK

Full description

Round tower, probably late 12th century; west wall of nave and part of north wall and door may be Saxo-Norman. Church extended in 13th and 14th centuries, and altered after fire in 1495 when new belfry added.
Late Saxon cross head kept in church.
Important examples of medieval woodwork.
See full report and press cuttings (S1) and (S2) in file.
E. Rose (NAU) 11 October 1989.

X-ray NX3750 of nails in file (from 1989 finds).
E. Rose (NAU) 22 January 1990.

1996. Geophysical Survey.
Resisitivity survey carried out in order to locate a chapel on the north side of the church.
This survey revealed anomalies that seem to be coincident with an existing burial plot.
See report (S3) for further details. The results of this work are also summarised in (S4).
D. Gurney (NLA) 5 February 1997. Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 21 March 2017.

See digital photograph by [1] of Late Saxon cross or grave marker in file (S5).

2004. Watching Brief.
Monitoring of services trenches recorded the base of a probable Victorian boiler and a deposit of bricks.
This work is noted in (S6).
D. Holburn (HES), 28 September 2011.

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Late Saxon to 19th Century - 851 AD to 1900 AD)
  • CROSS (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • CHAPEL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • DOOR (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • COFFIN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • NAIL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PISCINA (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • SPOON (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Serial: Blomefield, F.. 1809. An Essay Towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk.. Vol X. 375. p 473.
---Monograph: Bryant, T. H. 1905. Hundred of Taverham. The Churches of Norfolk. Vol XV. pp 154-165.
---Documentary Source: Martin, T. c. 1700-1799. Collections of Church Notes. Norfolk Records Office. c. 1740.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N. and Wilson, B. 1997. Norfolk 1: Norwich and North-East. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. pp 687-688; Pl 41.
---Publication: Sims, J.. St Edmund's Church, Taverham, A Guide.
---Article in Serial: King, D. J. 1977. An Antiphon to St. Edmund in Taverham Church. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XXXVI Pt IV pp 387-391. p 387.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N. 1962. North-East Norfolk and Norwich. The Buildings of England. 1st Edition. p 328; Pl 31a.
<S1>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1981. Window find puts church in Saxon period. 5 February.
<S2>Newspaper Article: Eastern Evening News. 1981. Window find puts church in Saxon period. 5 February.
<S3>Unpublished Document: Cott, P. 1997. Geophysical Surveys 1996.
<S4>Article in Serial: Gurney, D. and Penn, K. (eds). 1997. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk 1996. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLII Pt IV pp 547-564. p 560.
<S5>Photograph: Tate, L.B.. Digital photograph of Late Saxon cross or grave marker.
<S6>Article in Serial: Gurney, D. and Penn, K. 2005. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk in 2004. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLIV Pt IV pp 751-763. p 760.

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