Record Details

NHER Number:576
Type of record:Building
Name:St Swithin's Church, Benedict Street, Norwich


This former parish church is now redundant and is used as an Arts Centre. It dates to the 14th and 15th century and is made from flint with stone and brick dressings. It has a combined nave and chancel, vestry and hall to the east but the west tower had to be pulled down in 1881 after sewer digging undermined the foundations. Inside the roof is made from queen posts and there is a Scandinavian dedication to a saint. Alterations in the former churchyard revealed a 19th century well.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 2258 0883
Map Sheet:TG20NW

Full description

St Swithin's Church, St Benedict's Street.

Scandinavian dedication - R.R. Clarke (NCM).
English saint (Especially of Winchester) dating to the 9th century.

1954. Listed Grade I.
Listing Description Excerpt:
"Former parish church, now redundant and used as Arts Centre. 14th and 15th century. Flint with stone and brick dressings. Lead roof. West tower pulled down in 1881. Nave and chancel in one. North and south aisles. Rood turret against north aisle."
Information from (S1).
Please consult the National Heritage List for England (S1) for the current details.
Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 17 January 2018. Amended H. Hamilton (HES), 8 November 2019.

1970s or 1980s. Building Survey.
Examined as part of Norwich Survey.
See draft report (S2) and short report (S3) for further details.
P. Watkins (HES), 17 January 2018.

September 1998. Watching Brief.
Observations of alterations to former churchyard.
Revealed only a well with 19th century top, and 19th century foundations.
Report (S4) in file.
E. Rose (NLA) 2 July 1999.

The tower had to be removed after excavations for the new Norwich sewers undermined it, see (S5).
E. Rose (NLA) 22 December 2005.

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (13th Century to 21st Century - 1300 AD to 2100 AD)
  • WELL (18th Century to 19th Century - 1800 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Monograph: Batcock, N. 1991. The Ruined and Disused Churches of Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology. No 51. Microfiche 5:G12. No N47; p 175.
---Publication: Cox, J. C. 1911. Country Churches: Norfolk. Vol II. pp 190-191.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TG 20 NW 237.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N. and Wilson, B. 1997. Norfolk 1: Norwich and North-East. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. p 253.
---Publication: Messent, C. J. W. 1932. The City Churches of Norwich. p 80.
---Leaflet: Norwich Historic Churches Trust & HEART. St Swithin, St Benedict Street..
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Norwich - Post Roman.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Unpublished Document: [Unknown]. [unknown]. St Swithin's - A Brief History and Guide.
<S1>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1220682.
<S2>Unpublished Document: [Unknown]. 1984. St Withun [draft report].
<S3>Unpublished Report: Woodman, F. 1983. St Swithin's Church, Norwich.
<S4>Unpublished Contractor Report: Hobbs, B. 1999. Report on a Watching Brief at Norwich Arts Centre, St Benedict's Street, Norwich. Norfolk Archaeological Unit. 409.
<S5>Article in Serial: Funnell, B. 2005. New Mills and the Norwich Sewers. NIAS Journal. Vol 7, No 5. p 70.

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