Record Details

NHER Number:10739
Type of record:Building
Name:St Mary's Church, Gillingham


This unusual Norman church may have been built in two different periods. It has an porch-like structure (narthex) west of the off centre tower and a nave and apsed chancel. Transcepts may have been planned but were never built. The windows are 15th century in Perpendicular style. The building was much altered in 1859 by the addition of aisles and the rebuilding of apse in Neo Norman style.


  • St Mary's Church, Gillingham, an unusual Norman church with a narthex to the right of the tower  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service


Grid Reference:TM 4115 9226
Map Sheet:TM49SW

Full description

St Mary's church.
Unusual form of Norman church (perhaps two periods?) with narthex west of off centre tower, nave and apsed chancel; transepts probably never built. 15th century windows in Perpendicular style. Much altered by addition of aisles and rebuilding of apse in 1859 in Neo Norman style.
See (S1).
Listed Grade I.
E. Rose (NAU), 21 August 1989.

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CHURCH (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • ROOD SCREEN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • Xaxial tower (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FONT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • PISCINA (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • WINDOW (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • Xbell frame (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TM4192 H.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Unpublished Document: Davison, A.. 1999. Letter. Gillingham.. 17 July.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1988. [Photograph of St Mary's Church, Gillingham]. 1 June.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, W. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. pp 357-358.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Photograph: EXN 34 to 36. St Mary's Gillingham..
<S1>Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. 1989. Building Report.. Building Report.
<S6>Article in Serial: Petit, J. L. and Hill, T. 1850. Architectural Notices, relating to the Church of Gillingham, Norfolk. The Archaeological Journal. Vol VII pp 142-146.

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