Record Details

NHER Number:8828
Type of record:Building
Name:St Mary's Church, Cranworth


A medieval parish church, dating mainly from the 14th century with 19th century restoration.

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Grid Reference:TF 9828 0446
Map Sheet:TF90SE

Full description

(S1) noted a large ogee recess with four crockets in north wall. He draws the church as having a tower with spire and vane, large Y-tracery belfry windows, a north porch, 3 Y tracery north nave windows, a Decorated east window to north
aisle, 2 rather peculiar (intersected?) north chancel windows, Perpendicular east window and north priest's doorway.

1970s or 80s. Alan Carter Norwich Survey.
See (S2), which includes (S3).
T.E. Miller (NLA), 19 April 2006.

The church was restored in 1852 when the screen was destroyed and a new one made.
See (S4).
E. Rose (NAU) 3 October 1984.

Faculty of 1987 to sell a bell dated 1853 and a broken bell dated 1623, and to rehang a pre-Reformation bell.
E. Rose (NAU) 4 September 1987.

A flint church with ashlar dressings.
West towers dates to the 13th and 14th centuries, with y traceried west window and quatrefoil sound holes.
Crenallated parapet and a short octagonal spire.
Majority of church dates to the 14th century, with a 19th porch in the Perpendicular style.
14th century ogee headed and cusped tomb recess in north aisle.
Baroque and Neoclassical monuments to the Gurdon family.
14th century font.
See (S5).
S. Spooner (NLA) 12 September 2005.

August 2017. Watching Brief.
Monitoring of repairs to tower floor.
These limited excavations exposed brick pew foundations and a brick flue structure, all of which probably date to the 19th-century restoration of the church.
See report (S6) for further details.
P. Watkins (HES), 2 December 2017.

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Medieval to 21st Century - 1066 AD to 2100 AD)

Associated Finds

  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Newspaper Article: Norfolk Advertiser. 1990. Lucky break!. 24 May.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1988. Church set for £20,000 repairs. 26 April.
---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. pp 273-274.
---Leaflet: Richard Butler-Stoney. 1985. Cranworth.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1995. It's a struggle, but 'churches have never been in better repair'. 13 June.
<S1>Documentary Source: Martin, T. c. 1700-1799. Collections of Church Notes. Norfolk Records Office. c. 1740.
<S2>Unpublished Document: Carter, A.. Building Survey.
<S3>Illustration: Various. Various. Architectural plans.
<S4>Article in Serial: Plunkett, G. A. F. 1979. Norfolk Church Screens - 1865 Survey. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XXXVII Pt II pp 178-189. p 181.
<S5>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England.
<S6>Unpublished Contractor Report: Birks, C. 2017. Report on Works under Archaeological Supervision and Control at St Mary’s Church, Cranworth, Norfolk. Chris Birks Archaeological Services. CB551R.

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