Record Details

NHER Number:10746
Type of record:Building
Name:St Mary's Church, Burgh St Peter


A medieval parish church, dating to the 12th, 13th and 14th centuries, with a unique 18th century tower, buillt on the foundations of a 16th century tower. The 18th century tower rises up in a ziggarut of 'building blocks', and originally had a spire or pinnacle on top.


  • The unique tower of St Mary's Church, Burgh St Peter. Built on the base of an early 16th century tower the 18th century pyramidal construction most closely resembles a ziggurat  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service


Grid Reference:TM 4935 9370
Map Sheet:TM49SE

Full description

Medieval parish church.
Unique tower, with early 16th century base, with late 18th century 'building block' stages making up the rest of the tower, which originally had a spire or pinnacle.
Nave has doors and a window of about 1200; chancel and other nave windows about 1300 to 1320.
Nave roof raised in 15th century and brick south porch built.
Roman tiles claimed to be in wall, which is doubtful.
Two Perpendicular windows, early 16th century?
Coffin slabs, restored sedilia.
Restoration 1880 to 1885.
A second church, perhaps called St Peter's stood close to the site of St Mary's.
See (S1) and (S2).
Visited E. Rose (NAU) 19 March 1987.

December 1990. Building Survey.
Survey of window of south porch.
See report (S3) for further details.
A. Cattermole (NLA), 27 June 2005.

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds

  • TILE (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • COFFIN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FONT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PISCINA (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (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
  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1990. Fresh thatch for old church. 19 October.
---Aerial Photograph: TM 4993A-F.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1975. [Articles on the restoration of the tower at St Mary's Church, Burgh St Peter using Cathedral timbers].
---Photograph: JJX 15-17.
---Oblique Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1996. NHER TM 4993N - S (NLA 367/HXS12) 02-JUN-1996.
---Photograph: P.E.R.. 1932. [unknown].
---Photograph: Ashley, S.. St Mary's, Burgh St Peter.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1996-1998. [Articles on the fire damage and restoration work at St Mary's Church, Burgh St Peter].
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2010. Discover the forgotten glory of our sacred spaces. 8 May.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, W. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. p 226.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N. 1962. North-West and South Norfolk. The Buildings of England. 1st Edition. pp 102-103; Pl 13b.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Roman. Burgh St Peter.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1996. Overcoats on at blaze-hit church. 14 December.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. 1987. Building Report.. Building Report.
<S2>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England.
<S3>Unpublished Contractor Report: Ashley, S. 1991. Survey of Window, South Porch, Church of St Mary, Burgh St Peter. Norfolk Archaeological Unit. 6.

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