Record Details

NHER Number:8577
Type of record:Building
Name:St Mary's Church, Hemsby


Parts of this parish church date back to the early 14th century. It was restored in the 19th century and the tower was restored in 1974. The mid 14th century porch has a vault with bosses depicting God the Father, the Resurrection, the Assumption of the Virgin, the Ascension of Christ, the Annunciation and the Nativity. Outside are a pair of 13th century coffin lids and a 14th century cross base (the latter now recorded separately as NHER 64331).

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 4942 1737
Map Sheet:TG41NE

Full description

For details of church and exterior monuments see list description (S1).

(S2) illustrates one of two 13th century crossed coffin slabs in churchyard outside east window.
E. Rose (NAU), 21 January 1986.

(S1) gives church as grade II listed (is this correct?) both coffin lids as grade II listed, cross base 45m north of chancel with square base and stopangles, above which is chamfering to octagonal shape, grade II listed; and cross base 45m southwest of tower identical description, grade II listed.
E. Rose (NLA), 15 August 1994.

Some of the trancery is a copy of the north cloister walk at Norwich Cathedral by Robert Wodehurst according to (S3)/(S4).

(S5) states that there are two bells of 1660 sitting on the floor.
E. Rose (NLA), 31 August 2004.

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • COFFIN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building
  • Listed Building
  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TG4917A.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TG 41 NE 9 [2].
---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. p 546.
---Monograph: Bryant, T. H. 1899. Hundreds of East and West Flegg. The Churches of Norfolk. Vol IV. pp 73-78.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Medieval. Hemsby.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Designation: Historic England. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1227819.
<S2>Monograph: Styan, K.E.. 1902. Short History of Sepulchral cross slabs.. 2.
<S3>Article in Monograph: Fernie, E. 1996. The Building: An Introduction. Norwich Cathedral: Church, City and Diocese, 1096-1996. Atherton, I. et al (eds). pp 47-58. p 54.
<S4>Article in Monograph: Fawcett, R. 1996. The Influence of the Gothic Parts of the Cathedral on Church Building in Norfolk. Norwich Cathedral, Church, City and Diocese 1096-1996. Atherton, I. et al (eds.). pp 210-227. p 219.
<S5>*Verbal Communication: Cattermole, P.. [unknown].

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