Record Details

NHER Number:11092
Type of record:Building
Name:St John the Baptist's Church, Harleston


The town of Harleston was largely set up during the 13th century within the parish of Redenhall, and as such has not received a large church of its own. As a result the church of St John the Baptist is a 'chapel-of-ease' and dates to 1872, and its architect was Phipson, with the stained-glass a single commission from the O'Connors. The church itself is constructed from regular Victorian knapped flint with stone trim. Inside, most of the O'Connors glass remains, with some modern stained glass depicting the local landscape and the church's patron. The west window, of original glass, was restored in 2010.


  • St John the Baptist's Church, Harleston.  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service


Grid Reference:TM 24638 83380
Map Sheet:TM28SW

Full description

St John the Baptist's Church, Harleston
This church was constructed in 1872 to replace the small 18th-century chapel (NHER 11093) which had been located in the Market Place.
H. Hamilton (HES), 30 May 2017.

19th century. The apse roof has slate rools that look very like those on the chapel at Gressenhall Workhouse, which are said to be of great rarity.
See file for architect's drawings and newspaper cutting (S1).
E. Rose.

NGR corrected from original TM 2442 8338.
M. Horlock (NLA), 27 August 2003.

April 2010.
The west window is set to be repaired as part of a restoration project,
See (S2) for further details,
H. White, (NLA), 29 April 2010

July 2010.
The west window is successfully reinstalled following restoration.
See (S2) for further details.
E. Whitcombe (NLA), 6 August 2010.

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building
  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Monograph: Bryant, T. H. 1899. Hundred of Earsham. The Churches of Norfolk. Vol III. pp 52-56.
---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 383.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1988. [Illustration of St John the Baptist's Church, Harleston]. 15 April.
<S2>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2010. [Articles on the restoration of the window at St John the Baptist's Church, Harleston].

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