Record Details

NHER Number:10793
Type of record:Building
Name:St Andrew's Church


This small, picturesque church dates mainly to the 13th century. However, the round tower is Anglo Saxon in date, although the sparkling octagonal top section is an obvious later addition. Additionally, the church underwent renovations in the 19th century - at which point the spire was added. Features of note include a finely carved Norman doorway with tiny floral motifs, the beautiful soaring arch and beautifully carved wooden head in the chancel as well as the wooden carving of the Stuart Royal Arms adorning the tower arch. The fact that human remains in the churchyard date to a range of periods suggests that it may have been a burial site before the erection of the church.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TM 0283 8767
Map Sheet:TM08NW

Full description

Round tower with conglomerate and possibly lava, and original attachment to nave. See (S1).
Probably late 11th century Norman north doorway and fragments. Otherwise church all around 1300 with some 15th century additions including octagonal belfry. Total renovation in 19th century, and spire added. 17th century monuments and poor box.
Churchyard said to contain large amounts of random human remains - possible pre-church burial ground?
See (S2), footnote.
See report in file. Newspaper cutting in file (S3).
Listed Grade I.
E. Rose (NAU) 30 August 1989.

Late Saxon-Medieval pottery from churchyard.
E. Rose (NLA).

Monument Types

  • INHUMATION (Prehistoric - 1000000 BC to 42 AD)
  • INHUMATION (Early Saxon - 410 AD to 650 AD)
  • ROUND TOWERED CHURCH (Late Saxon to 19th Century - 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

  • HUMAN REMAINS (Undated)
  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PISCINA (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (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 0287A.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TM 08 NW 18 [4].
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Monograph: Mortlock, D. & Roberts, C.. 1981. The Popular Guide to Norfolk Churches.. No 1.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, B. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. p 596.
---Leaflet: A History of Saint Andrew's Church, Quidenham, Norfolk.. Postprint, East Harling.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Late Saxon. Quidenham.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Publication: Taylor, H. M. and Taylor, J. 1965. Anglo-Saxon Architecture.
<S2>Publication: Dunkenfeld-Astley, H. (ed). 1908. Memorials of Old Norfolk. pp 2-3.
<S3>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1989. Church under attack - and here's the culprit. 22 August.

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