Record Details

NHER Number:11040
Type of record:Building
Name:St George's Church, Shimpling


A church is recorded here in the Domesday Book. The present building has a 12th century or earlier nave and round tower. The tower was greatly repaired in the 15th century when the octagonal top was probably added and the nave was re roofed and given new windows and doors. The chancel dates to the 13th century. Some alterations were made in 1633, perhaps including the building of the porch, and the church was restored between 1867 and 1874 when a spire was added. During restoration work in the church a 15th or 16th tiled pavement was found. The church is now redundant.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TM 1562 8264
Map Sheet:TM18SE

Full description

Saxo-Norman window. Chancel about 1300. Nave and round tower 14th/15th century. Some good woodwork and important brass.
For full details see (S1).
E. Rose (NAU), 10 December 1982.

1987. Field Observation.
Observation of the lifting of the pew occurred what restoration work was carried out. The pews are 15th century but are not in their original setting and beneath the wooden flooring there was a rammed clay floor, which at the west end revealed fragments of tiled pavement. Eight of the tiles remained ad appeared to be of late I5th or early 16th-century type, the tiles are to be preserved in situ. Field observation also revealed circular blocked windows in tower suggesting it is also Saxo-Norman, greatly repaired when top added in 15th century.
See file and (S3) for further details.
E. Rose (NAU), 27 July 1987 amended by M. Langham-Lopez (HES), 19 June 2013.

Appropriate section from (S2) in file.

Monument Types

  • ROUND TOWERED CHURCH (Late Saxon to 19th Century - 851 AD to 1900 AD)
  • FLOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • PISCINA (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • TILE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (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)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TM1582 A,B,N-V.
---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 644-645.
---Leaflet: Paul Cattermole. 1984. Notes on the Parish Church of Saint George, Shimpling, Norfolk..
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Photograph: EDH 9-12.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2011. Abandoned church gets spruced up for Easter. 20 April.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2016. Rallying call to help stop attacks on historic church. 24 September.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. 1982. Building Report.. Building Report.
<S2>Monograph: Batcock, N. 1991. The Ruined and Disused Churches of Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology. No 51. Microfiche 5:G12. No 26; pp 50-51.
<S3>Article in Serial: Youngs, S. M., Clark, J., Gaimster, D. R. M. and Barry, T.. 1988. Medieval Britain and Ireland in 1987. Medieval Archaeology. Vol XXXII pp 225-314. p 262.

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