Record Details

NHER Number:2062
Type of record:Building
Name:All Saints' and St Peter's Church, Great Walsingham


This church was mostly built in the 14th century in Decorated style. The south porch was added in the 15th century. The chancel is in ruins. It is reported that the frame that holds the bells is the oldest in Britain. The interior is noted for its rare 'bulb' tracery and the carved bench ends. A fragment of Roman pottery was found by a grave digger.

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Grid Reference:TF 9384 3755
Map Sheet:TF93NW

Full description

May 1980. Visit.
Totally Decorated except for south porch, Perpendicular. Chancel in ruins. [1] states the bell frame is the oldest in Britain.
See (S1).
E. Rose (NAU).

Before 9 November 2005. Found while grave digging.
Roman sherd.
See description in file.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 14 December 2005.

This is one of the sixty five Norfolk churches selected for (S2).
D. Gurney (NLA), 17 February 2006.

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds

  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • COFFIN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Article in Serial: Rye, W. 1872. Norfolk Church Goods, Temp. Edward VI. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol VII pp 20-44. pp 38-42.
---Aerial Photograph: TF9337 A,B,E,AJ-AM.
---Article in Serial: Fawcett, R. 1980. A Group of Churches by the Architect of Great Walsingham. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XXVII Pt III pp 292-294.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1979. Historic bells bring £15,000. 20 March.
---Monograph: Bryant, T. H. 1898. Hundred of North Greenhoe. The Churches of Norfolk. Vol II. pp 82-86.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TF 93 NW 42b.
---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. pp 485-486.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1980. [Articles on the restoration of the benches in St Peter's Church, Great Walsingham].
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2010. Discover the forgotten glory of our sacred spaces. 8 May.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2010. On the trail of fascinating church history. 18 October.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Rose, E. (NAU). 1980. Building Report.. Building Report.
<S2>Publication: Jenkins, S. 2000. England's Thousand Best Churches.

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