Record Details

NHER Number:11066
Type of record:Building
Name:St Mary's Church, Denton


The earliest part of this church is the flint round tower that partly fell in the 18th century and has been repaired into a strange D shape. The chancel dates to the 13th century, but most of the church is in later Perpendicular style. Excavations in the churchyard in 2000 found no archaeological features or finds.


  • St Mary's Church, Denton.  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service


Grid Reference:TM 2862 8734
Map Sheet:TM28NE

Full description

26 June 2000. Watching Brief.
Monitoring of drain and waterpipe service trenches in churchyard to west of church and through field beyond.
No archaeologically signfificant features or deposits were observed and no finds were recovered.
No report produced. See plan in file for location of trenches. Amongst the work listed in (S1) as having had negative results.
D. Gurney (NLA), 17 July 2000. Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 27 January 2017.

(S2) states that Joshua Price, a famous 18th century stained glass maker, restored the windows here around 1711.
E. Rose (NLA), 26 October 2004.

The flint round tower of the church partly fell in the late 18th century and was repaired with brick, creating a D shaped tower.The top stage was added in the 19th century and heightened at the end of the 19th century.The long chancel was built in the late 13th century. The church is mostly in Decorated and Perpendicular styles.
See (S3).
M. Dennis (NLA), 20th September 2005.

Damage to the bells probably results from 17th century iconoclasm.
E. Rose (NLA), 1 October 2005.

See (S4) for a summary of the key features and brief history of this building.
A. Cattermole (HES), 9 June 2015.

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Monograph: Bryant, T. H. 1899. Hundred of Earsham. The Churches of Norfolk. Vol III. pp 73-82.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Monograph: Cooper, T.. 2001. The journal of William Dowsing: iconoclasm in East Anglia during the English Civil War..
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Leaflet: Carslake, J. H.. 2013. A Guide to The Church of St Mary The Virgin, Denton, Norfolk.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2017. Grant helps work to start on 'wonderful church building'. 1 April.
<S2>Publication: Whiffen, M.. 1948. Stuart and Georgian Churches. p 102.
<S3>Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, W. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. pp 277-278.

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