Record Details

NHER Number:1798
Type of record:Building
Name:All Saints' Church, Burnham Thorpe


This earliest parts of this church are the Norman windows in the tower base and the west door of around 1200. The arcades and font are also early 13th century. The north aisle was altered around 1300 and later in the 14th century. The clerestory is in Perpendicular style mostly built after 1525. The tower partly collapsed in the 19th century and was rebuilt. Nelson's father was rector here and the church has a collection of Nelson related objects and retains the right to fly the white pre 1801 style ensign flag from the tower.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 8522 4178
Map Sheet:TF84SE

Full description

Norman windows in tower base, and west door of around 1200. Arcades and font also early 13th century. North aisle altered around 1300 and later 14th century. Chancel remodelling with grand east wall; alterations to tower, clerestory Perpendicular possibly in part of around 1420 but mostly after 1525. South aisle demolished 1791 rebuilt 1895. Tower partly collapsed in 19th century and was rebuilt. Roofs of 1895. Medieval floor tiles. Very fine brass of 1420. Good 18th/19th century monuments. Very many items of Nelsoniana. Churchyard wall contains reused medieval and later building material.
E. Rose (NLA).

2005. From cable trench.
Medieval floor tile fragment.
See (S1) in file.
E. Rose (NLA), 25 January 2005.

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds

  • COFFIN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FLOOR TILE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FONT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PISCINA (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • TILE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TF8541C-E.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Unpublished Document: Blanchard, G.. 2008. The Manor Burnham Thorpe: A History. pp 60-61.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, W. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. pp 234-235.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2010. Thrilling tale behing hero's badge of courage.. 16 October.
---Leaflet: Henry Hibberd. 1937. A History of Burnham Thorpe. Lord Nelson's Birthplace.. Mrs. K Letzer.
---Article in Serial: Hayden, A. 2007. Church and Other Organs. Glaven Historian. No 10 pp 3-9.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Rose, E. (NLA). 2005. Building Report.. Building Report.
<S3>Newspaper Article: The Times. 1991. Nelson shrine. 5 August.

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