Record Details

NHER Number:10912
Type of record:Building
Name:St John the Baptist's Church, Bressingham


A medieval parish church, dating mainly from the 14th and 15th centuries, with 19th restoration. The church has an important set of carved pews, which probably date from the 16th century, with defaced figures representing sins and acts of mercy.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TM 0760 8075
Map Sheet:TM08SE

Full description

Chancel 13th century.
Tower rebuilt 1440s, nave and aisles 1480-1527; these may incorporate 14th century arcades and doors.
Very fine carved nave roof.
Chancel roof 18th century. 19th century restoration.
Important set of carved 16th century pews; end panels in 16th century style with carved figures of headsin trees. Defaced figures representing acts of mercy and deadly sins.
17th century woodwork, including box pews.
See (S1).
E. Rose (NLA), 8 January 2005.

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CHURCH (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • Xbell frame (Undated)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1995. [Articles on the restoration work of the bells at Bressingham Church].
---Documentary Source: Martin, T. c. 1700-1799. Collections of Church Notes. Norfolk Records Office. 1752.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1999. [Photographs of St John the Baptist's Church, Bressingham].
---Monograph: E.A.M.. 1998. St John the Baptist Bressingham: A Brief Guide..
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Serial: 1819. Excursions through Norfolk. 2.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, W. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. p 216.
---Leaflet: St John the Baptist, Bressingham. A brief guide.. Norfolk Churches Trust.
---Article in Serial: Cotton, S. 1981. Tradition and Authority in Churchbuilding. NARG News. No 26 pp 8-13. pp 8-9.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Rose, E. (NLA). 2005. Building Report.. Building Report.

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