Record Details

NHER Number:8945
Type of record:Building
Name:St Peter's Church, Merton


A medieval and later parish church, possibly with Late Saxon elements. The west tower was built in two stages during the late 11th or early 12th century and some of it may date to before the Norman Conquest of 1066. The rest of the church was constructed in the first half of the 14th century, with alterations made during the 15th and 19th centuries. Inside are a complete rood stair, a 14th century painted rood screen, a 15th century font and a late 17th century communion rail.

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Grid Reference:TL 9119 9802
Map Sheet:TL99NW

Full description

Saxo-Norman round tower; remainder about 1310 to 1340, with 15th and 19th century additions. Many good furnishings, brasses etc.
See report (S1) and press cutting (S2) in file.
Undergraduate dissertation (S3) in file
E. Rose (NAU), 21 July 1982 and 1996

This is one of the sixty five Norfolk churches selected for (S4).
D. Gurney (NLA), 17 February 2006.

Inside are a complete rood stair, a 14th century painted rood screen, de Grey family monuments (from the late 15th century to at least the late 19th century), a late 17th century communion rail and a 15th century Perpendicular font with a tall wooden cover (restored/replaced in 1834).
Information from (S1) and (S5).
Between 1994 to 1999 a metal detectorist found a part of a missing brass scroll from the medieval monumental brass of William de Grey. See NHER 40117 for location and discovery details.
D. Robertson (NLA), 26 June 2006.

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Late Saxon to 19th Century - 851 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • DOOR (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • WINDOW (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PISCINA (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DOOR (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Publication: [Unknown]. [unknown]. Palimpsests Behind 'Norfolk' Brasses (N).
---Article in Serial: Crabbe, G. 1864. Merton Church and Hall. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol VI pp 304-313. pp 304-309.
---Illustration: Various. Various. Architectural plans.
---Monograph: Bryant, T. H. 1898. Hundred of Wayland. The Churches of Norfolk. Vol I. pp 8-12.
---Publication: Cautley. [unknown].
---Article in Serial: Cotton, Simon. [unknown]. Norfolk Archaeology?.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TL 99 NW 14.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1992. Church's priceless silver stolen. 5 February.
---Article in Serial: 1992. Reward offered for 14th century platen.. Trace. March 1992.
---Correspondence: 1996. Merton Parish Church.
---Illustration: Ladbrooke. [unknown].
---Monograph: Pevsner, N. 1962. North-West and South Norfolk. The Buildings of England. 1st Edition. pp 255-256; Pl 30.
---Leaflet: St. Peter's Church, Merton..
---Leaflet: Roy Tricker, Simon Cotton. SS Peter & Paul, Griston..
---Publication: Taylor, H. M. and Taylor, J. 1965. Anglo-Saxon Architecture.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Late Saxon. Merton.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Slide: Various. Slide.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. 1982. Building Report.. Building Report.
<S2>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1988. [Illustration of St Peter's Church, Merton]. 13 September.
<S3>Unpublished Document: Bolton, A.. An Architectural Study of St Peter's Church, Merton, in the County of Norfolk.
<S4>Publication: Jenkins, S. 2000. England's Thousand Best Churches.
<S5>Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, W. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. pp 537-538; Pl 24.

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