Record Details

NHER Number:8795
Type of record:Building
Name:St Mary's Church, Watton


This church has a Norman round tower of 13th century date, although the top of the tower is a later addition. The core of the church is of this date, with the chancel and south arcade being in the Early English style. However, the north arcade is in the later Perpendicular style. The church was altered in the 15th century and the exterior reclad in the late 19th century. Inside, there are screens dating to 1852 and a wooden poor box in the form of a stiffly standing parson which dates to 1639. The churchyard is a regionally important example of an ornamental churchyard.

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Grid Reference:TF 92135 00941
Map Sheet:TF90SW

Full description

Round tower, possibly 13th century as probably date of core of church. Altered in the 15th century, reclad in late 19th.
See report and press cuttings (S1) in file.
E. Rose (NAU) 19 May 1983.

Churchyard graded two-star by Norfolk Historic Gardens Survey as regionally important example of an ornamental churchyard.
See Survey for details.
E. Rose (NAU) 21 July 1998.

Early 12th century round western tower with a later medieval octagonal bell stage. There is an elaborate parapet with blind tracery. The tower once had a small spire which became unstable by 1878 and was takne down. The nave is flanked by unusually wide aisles, added in 1841.13th century arcades to the south and 15th century to the north still survive. The lancet window in the chancel suggests a 13th century date. The chancel ceiling was painted in 1887 to the designs of a local artist, Thomas Walters. The painting consists of a bold design of gold stars on a dark blue background and a trompe l'oeil with a frieze of red crosses beneath. There is a central rose of elaborate design. The stained gass in the east window was installed in 1919.
See (S2) for further information
H. White (NLA), 29 January 2009

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Medieval to 19th Century - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)
  • CHURCHYARD (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • GARDEN (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • DOOR (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)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Monograph: Bryant, T. H. 1898. Hundred of Wayland. The Churches of Norfolk. Vol I. pp 25-29.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, W. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. p 752.
---Leaflet: L.J. Lee, B.M. Sharman. 1965. Parish Watton, Watton St. Mary.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2012. Church's £500,000 revamp. 2 April.
---Publication: Jean Loizou. St Mary's Parish Church, Watton - a guide.
---Unpublished Document: St Mary's Church, Watton - Existing plan (floor).
---Unpublished Document: Denis Tuttle Architecture. 2008. St Mary's Church, Watton - Plan as existing. 12 December.
---Recording Form: Heywood, S. Norfolk County Council Site Record - St Mary's Church, Watton.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. [Photograph of a poorbox in St Mary's Church, Watton].
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1987. Sunday school can be built. 24 February.
<S2>Unpublished Document: Heywood, S. 2009. NCC Report. The Church of St Mary, Watton; Statement of Significance..

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