Record Details

NHER Number:1486
Type of record:Building
Name:St Mary's Church, Heacham


A medieval parish church with a late 13th century cruciform plan and 15th century alterations. The church was restored in the late 1920s. A memorial inside the church commemorates nine people who drowned in a boating accident in 1799.


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


Grid Reference:TF 6813 3796
Map Sheet:TF63NE

Full description

Cruciform church, part ruined.
Supposedly founded in 1248, present building has some Early English features but is mainly of about 1300.
Alterations about 1400 and ruination in 18th century.
Collection of good memorials.
Churchyard wall and war memorials also listed.
Coin found in churchyard.
See (S1), with copies of 19th century illustrations, in file.
E. Rose (NLA) 25 June 1991.

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds

  • COIN (Undated)
  • ARCHITECTURAL FRAGMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FONT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • ROOD SCREEN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (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)
  • WINDOW (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building
  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1077939.
---Illustration: Various. Various. Architectural plans.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Illustration: Gurney, D.. 1991. Section, St Mary's Church, Heacham. 12 June.
---Newspaper Article: Lynn News. 1996. Rotten luck for Heacham church. 17 September.
---Newspaper Article: Lynn News. 1999. [unknown]. 4 June.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, W. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. pp 387-388.
---Unpublished Document: Heywood, S. 2011. Worked stones from Heacham Churchyard.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Slide: Various. Slide.
---Newspaper Article: Lynn News. 1999. Lead stripped from Heacham church roof. 27 August.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Unpublished Document: E. Rose. 1991. Building Report.. Building Report.

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