Record Details

NHER Number:1723
Type of record:Monument
Name:Ruins of Church of St Andrew, Bircham Tofts


This medieval church is in ruins, although parts of the nave and tower survive. Some of the surviving walls may date to the 13th century, with 15th elements and they also show evidence for a 19th century restoration of the church.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 7778 3250
Map Sheet:TF73SE

Full description

About 1900 (S1) describes as nave and tower only; roof under tower restored 1895. One bell in 1705. North door and tower arch Perpendicular. Traces of South transept. Brick buttresses.
In 1843 stone grave slab with cross bearing an arrowflight and 'JESU ROBERTVS' found.
Perpendicular font. 17th to 19th century memorials. Traces of chancel. Chalice and paten marked 1642.
(S2) however notes a 13th century doorway, a Georgian east window replacing the chancel; says chalice is dated 1567 and paten 1810.
E. Rose (NAU).

Appropriate section from (S3) in file.

Church vandalised; graffiti carved on tower and inside east end.
E. Rose (NLA) 25 September 2002.

August 2005.
Some of the surviving walls may date to the 13th century, with 15th elements and evidence for 19th century restoration.
See listing description (S4).
D. Robertson (NLA) 2 Aguust 2005.

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds

  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FONT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • GRAVESTONE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TF7732A,D-F.
---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. p 207.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2010. Explore west to find our treasure. 1 November.
---Photograph: 1990. Bircham Newton. Print.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Serial: Bryant, T. H.. 1898-1915. The Churches of Norfolk. Vols 1-19. Vols 1-19..
<S2>Monograph: Pevsner, N. 1962. North-West and South Norfolk. The Buildings of England. 1st Edition. p 90.
<S3>Monograph: Batcock, N. 1991. The Ruined and Disused Churches of Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology. No 51. Microfiche 5:G12. No 38; p 51.
<S4>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England.

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MNO6049Related to: Remains of Church of St. Andrew BIRCHAM TOFTS (Revoked)

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