Record Details

NHER Number:12248
Type of record:Building
Name:Village Hall, former Mission Room


A nonconformist chapel/mission room that was built in 1880 and is now used as a village hall. It is constructed of flint with red brick dressings and has a slate roof. The main entrance is built of reused medieval masonry and there is a Norman arch and a sedilia inside. These reused fragments came from the Priory of St Faith (NHER 8005). In 1970 a human skeleton was found beneath the floor during restoration work.

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Grid Reference:TG 2162 1506
Map Sheet:TG21NW

Full description

February 1977. Visit.
Built in 1880, its main entrance is an arch of about 1200 from the priory (NHER 8005).
Inside is said to be a smaller Norman arch and the sedilia from the priory church of the 13th century, but these could not be seen because the hall was in use. See [1].
E. Rose (NAU), 23 February 1977.

(S1) states that entrance arch is not genuine as it now stands, but formed of reshaped Norman fragments; but the 13th century sedilia is genuine.
E. Rose (NAU), 24 January 1983.

About 1970.
Human skeleton found under floor during restoration.
Information from [1].
E. Rose (NAU), 30 September 1991.

February 1984. Listed, Grade II.
Listing Description:
Former Church Sunday School and Mission Room, dated 1880 in tablet over entrance door. Knapped and squared flint with red brick dressings. Slate roof. 1½ storeys. Symmetrical facade with central 1½ storey projecting gabled entrance bay. Entrance doorway of c.1200 re-set from St. Faith's Priory (q.v.) : semi- circular arched head with half dog-tooth decoration, roll moulding and fillet. Stiff-leaf stops to hood moulds. Engaged shafts with block capitals. Two- Light upper window with moulded brick drip. Three windows to each side of entrance : Two-light casements with leaded glazing set in chamfered brick surrounds with moulded brick labels. Parapeted east gable with brick bell- cote. Gable chimney stacks. Brick saw-tooth eaves. Interior contains two smaller door-arches and triple-arched sedilia heads from the priory church.
Included for group value and re-used mediaeval material only.
Information from (S2).

March 2006.
Now used as a village hall. Knapped and squared flint with red brick dressings. Slate roof. 1.5 storeys.
For further information see listed description.
D. Robertson (NLA), 22 March 2006.

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds

  • HUMAN REMAINS (Undated)
  • ARCHITECTURAL FRAGMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N. and Wilson, B. 1997. Norfolk 1: Norwich and North-East. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. p 567.
<S1>Article in Serial: Sherlock, D. 1976. Discoveries at Horsham St. Faith Priory, 1970-73. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XXXVI Pt III pp 202-223. p 204.
<S2>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1372960.

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