Record Details

NHER Number:188
Type of record:Building
Name:St Peter Hungate Church, Princes Street


A 13th century and later flint, brick and stone former parish church with the date 1467 on a buttress by the north door. It consists of a two stage west tower, nave and chancel, north and south transepts and a two storey south porch. The chancel was rebuilt in 1602, re-using the north and south windows. Inside is a hammerbeam roof. Since restoration in the 1930s it has been used as a museum of church history, and opened as the Hungate Medieval Art Centre in 2009.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 23209 08801
Map Sheet:TG20NW

Full description

1954. Listed, Grade I.
Listing Description Excerpt:
"Former parish church now museum. 1460 incised in north buttress. Flint with stone and brick dressings. 13th century. Chancel partly brick. Lead roofs. Pantiles on chancel. West tower. Nave and chancel. North and south transepts and south porch."
Information from (S1).
Please consult the National Heritage List for England (S1) for the current details.
Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 5 September 2017. Amended H. Hamilton (HES), 8 November 2019.

1970. Stray Find.
Sherd of bellarmine, 17th century, found under floor of church (NHER 456) when putting in central heating.
W. Milligan (NCM).

January 1984. Building Survey.
Church examined by [1], almost certainly as part of Norwich Survey.
See draft report (S2) for further details.
P. Watkins (HES), 16 October 2015.

It is noted in (S3) that in the 19th to early 20th century this was only a mildly Ritualist church. The vicar, Reverend Hunt, died of grief after the City Corporation pulled down his house to make way for trams.
E. Rose (NLA), 24 April 2006.

Opened as Hungate Medieval Art Centre (S4).
D. Gurney (NLA), 2 February 2010.

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

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

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Monograph: Jennings, S. 1981. Eighteen Centuries of Pottery from Norwich. East Anglian Archaeology. No 13.
---Monograph: Batcock, N. 1991. The Ruined and Disused Churches of Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology. No 51. Microfiche 5:G12. No N42; p 175.
---Publication: Cox, J. C. 1911. Country Churches: Norfolk. Vol II. pp 185-186.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TG 20 NW 130 [2].
---Monograph: Pevsner, N. and Wilson, B. 1997. Norfolk 1: Norwich and North-East. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. p 247.
---Publication: Messent, C. J. W. 1932. The City Churches of Norwich. pp 67-68.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2008. Rejoice as 'humble' church museum re-opens for all. 20 October.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2009. A few days to discover some of the secrets of Norfolk's heritage. 7 September.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2009. Winning view of old churches. 10 December.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2010. Object lessons in Norfolk's rich heritage. 29 May.
---Leaflet: Norwich Historic Churches Trust & HEART. St Peter Hungate, Elm Hill..
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2012. Seeing the light in an historic setting. 10 March.
---Article in Serial: Harrod, H. 1859. Goods and Ornaments of Norwich Churches in the Fourteenth Century. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol V pp 89-121. pp 113-115.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Norwich - Post Roman.
---Article in Serial: King, G. A.. 1907. On the Ancient Stained Glass still remaining in the Church of St. Peter Hungate, Norwich.. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XVI pp 205-218.
---Illustration: Cotman, J.S.. 1810. Interior of St. Peter Hungate Church. Pencil and watercolour on paper.
---Photograph: Norwich Survey Staff. 1984. St Peter Hungate Church, Princes Street, Norwich. Paper.
---Illustration: Sillett, J. [unknown]. Drawing of St Peter Hungate Church, Norwich. Pencil and grey wash on paper.
---Illustration: [Unknown]. [Unknown]. Rubbings of impressions in the lead from the roof of St Peter Hungate Church. Card. 1:1.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2016. Grant fund repairs for former church. 30 July.
<S1>Designation: Historic England. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1220104.
<S2>Unpublished Report: Carter, A. 1984. Draft report on St Peter Hungate Church, Norwich.
<S3>*Verbal Communication: Groves, N.. 2006. Lecture at Cambridge.
<S4>Website: Hungate Medieval Art and Contributors. 2009. What is Hungate?. 1 February 2010.

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