Record Details

NHER Number:1755
Type of record:Monument
Name:Ruins of St Ethelbert's Church, Burnham Sutton


The ruins of a medieval parish church which has surviving Norman work but dates mainly to the 15th century. The church was abandoned in the late 18th century.


  • St Ethelbert's Church, Burnham Market.  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service


Grid Reference:TF 8365 4176
Map Sheet:TF84SW

Full description

Ruined church, originally apsidal; tower built inside nave, possibly in the 15th century.

Human remains found.

A large medieval key found.

Floor tiles and architectural fragments found in restoration.
South doorway has a coffin slab for a step.
The tower was originally placed inside an existing church.
A slab of Tournai marble was found in the nave, with a medieval incription in English, (S4).

(S1) suggests a church dating to the 14th century, with a 15th century tower.
The building now appears to be Norman in date, with an apse. The building was remodelled in the late 15th century when a tower was inserted. See (S2)

See report in file. Press cutting in file.
E. Rose (NLA), 8 July 1994.

12 July 1994. NLA air photography.
Ruined building visible.
H. Clare (NLA), 22 February 2001.

27 February 2008. Salvage Excavation.
Human bones were discovered while diging a cable trench just north of the ruins of St Ethelbert’s Church. The bones lay 0.50m below the level of the cable trench. The remains were not quite articulated and included the ribs and fragments of a skull of a small individual, probably a child. The bones were recorded and left in situ.
See (S3) for further information.
M. Langham-Lopez (HES), 15 February 2013.

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds

  • HUMAN REMAINS (Undated)
  • KEY (LOCKING) (Undated)
  • ARCHITECTURAL FRAGMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • COFFIN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FLOOR TILE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1994. TF 9342AR.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TF 84 SW 9 [2].
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1993-1994. [Articles on the proposed and undertaken work by villagers in 1994 at the Ruins of St Ethelbert's Church, Burnham Market].
---Newspaper Article: Lynn News. 1994. Historic church marked. 25 November.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, W. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. p 234.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Medieval. Burnham Market.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Slide: Various. Slide.
---Photograph: CUG 4-20.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Miscellaneous. Burnham Market.
<S1>Monograph: Batcock, N. 1991. The Ruined and Disused Churches of Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology. No 51. Microfiche 5:G12. No 114; pp 53, 146-148.
<S2>Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. 1994. Building Report.. Building Report.
<S3>Unpublished Document: Penn, K. 2008. Burial at St Ethelbert's Church, Burnham Sutton, Norfolk..
<S4>Illustration: Ashley, S. [Unknown]. Drawing of inscription on grave slab in nave of St Ethelberts Church. Film. 1:2.

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