Record Details

NHER Number:10115
Type of record:Building
Name:Ruins of St Mary's Church, Saxlingham Thorpe


The church that once stood here probably originated in the Late Saxon period as shown by the design of the nave and the two Saxo-Norman phases visible in the chancel. Other features like the tower and buttresses date to around 1500. Repairs to the building stopped in 1684 and by 1687 the building was ruinous with materials being used to repair St Mary's Church in Saxlingham Nethergate (NHER 10124). The church probably fell out of use as villagers migrated away from Saxlingham Thorpe to other more hospitable locations in the valley.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TM 2307 9660
Map Sheet:TM29NW

Full description

Probable Late Saxon origin of nave and two Saxo-Norman phases in chancel. Tower, buttresses etc. date to around 1500. Font, medieval stained glass and brick found.

1990. Medieval sherds found.
1993. Late Saxon-medieval sherds, potboiler found.

See reference (S1), photographs (S2), reports (S3, S4 and S5) and newspaper cutting (S6) in file.
E. Rose (NLA) 12 November 1993.

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Late Saxon to Modern - 851 AD to 2050 AD)

Associated Finds

  • POT BOILER (Prehistoric - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • WINDOW (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • BRICK (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)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • ROOF 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)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Monograph: Bryant, T. H. 1901. Hundred of Henstead. The Churches of Norfolk. Vol VII. pp 73-76.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TM 29 NW 13 [2].
---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. p 631.
---Photograph: 1993/5. Phtographs of Ruins of St Mary's Church, Saxlingham Nethergate. Black & white and Colour.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Medieval. Saxlingham Nethergate.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Monograph: Batcock, N. 1991. The Ruined and Disused Churches of Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology. No 51. Microfiche 5:G12. No 80; pp 52, 123-127.
<S2>Photograph: BPD 18-19, GTM 30-35, G9627-38.
<S3>Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. 1993. Building Report.. Building Report.
<S4>Unpublished Document: Norfolk County Council Department of Planning and Property. 1992. Specification for Consolidation of Remains. St Mary's Church, Saxlingham Thorpe. Works Order.
<S5>Unpublished Document: Heywood, S. 7 Dec 93. Report on the ruined Church of St Mary, Saxlingham Thorpe, following consolidation..
<S6>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1997. Church conserved. 21 June.

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