Record Details

NHER Number:10186
Type of record:Building
Name:St Catherine's Church, Fritton


The round west tower is 12th century with a 15th century octagonal belfry and a later embattled parapet. The nave north door is also 12th century. The south porch is 15th century. The windows in the nave are perpendicular in style, but are 19th century replacements. As the church was not rebuilt in the late medieval period, it has retained its 15th century wall paintings of St Christopher, St George and a small figure of a young-looking bishop. There are also impressive 15th century panel paintings on the screen under the modern rood.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TM 2274 9328
Map Sheet:TM29SW

Full description

March 1979. Visit.
Late Saxon or Saxo-Norman tower and north door.
Early English, Decorated, Perpendicular.
For full details see report (S1) in file. Detailed analysis of screen (S2) and architects 1993 repair proposals (S3) and (S4) in file.
E. Rose (NAU), 21 March 1979.

December 1959. Listed, Grade II.
Listing Description:
12th century round tower with 15th century octagonal belfry stage and later embattled parapet. Unmoulded tower arch with plain imposts. Plain 12th century north doorway to nave. Nave has 19th century Perpendicular windows. Chancel has two light lancet and Y tracery windows. 15th century south porch. Interior; 19th century roofs. 15th century wall paintings four lions and angels against bowl. Circa 1520 dado of screen with eight painted panels, two of which depict John Bacon, the donor, and his family, screen rebuilt above dado. Building materials: flint rubble, brick and stone dressings, with slate roof.
Information from (S5).
P. Aldridge (NLA), 3 July 2006.

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Late Saxon to Post Medieval - 851 AD to 1900 AD)
  • SITE (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • SITE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • SITE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FONT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PISCINA (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WALL PAINTING (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)
  • WINDOW (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TM 2293A,B.
---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 346-347.
---Leaflet: Roy Tricker. 1977. The Hempnall Group, A Historical Guide..
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. 1979. Building Report.. Building Report.
<S2>Publication: Fenner, G.. 1997. The Quarterly, number 27..
<S3>Unpublished Document: Fielden & Mawson, Architects.. 1993. Repairs to east chancel wall and window, 1993.
<S4>Correspondence: Darby, R., for Fielden & Mawson. 1993. Letter to A. Rogerson (NLA). 29 October.
<S5>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1373281.

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