Record Details

NHER Number:1975
Type of record:Building
Name:St Mary's Church, South Creake


The earliest feature of this church is the Norman stoup outside the porch. However, the chancel and sacristy date to around 1300 and the rest of the church including the nave, aisles, west tower and porch are of 14th century date. The roofing is not original, with much of it 15th century and that over the chancel 19th century. Inside, there are several post-medieval brasses, a 15th century rood screen and pulpit along with various early medieval coffin slabs. This is one of the sixty-five Norfolk churches selected amongst the 1000 finest in England.


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


Grid Reference:TF 8552 3622
Map Sheet:TF83NE

Full description

St Mary's Church, South Creake.

June 1953. Listed Grade I.
Listing Description Excerpt:
"Parish church. 13th century, 14 century, largely 15th century. West tower, nave and aisles, south porch, chancel and north chapel. Rubble and knapped flint. Slated nave and chancel, leaded aisle roofs. 14th-century rectangular on plan west tower has stone plinth and quoined angle buttresses with set offs.
Information from (S1).
Please consult the National Heritage List for England (S1) for the current details.
P. Watkins (HES), 22 February 2018. Amended by H. Hamilton (HES), 8 November 2019.

Norman stoup outside porch. Chancel and sacristy date to around 1300-1310. Nave, aisles, west tower and porch basically 14th century, but arcades replaced when clerestory and roof added in 15th century; new side windows at this date, porch and sacristy perhaps rebuilt. 19th century chancel roof. Restoration 1927-33.
Several brasses. 15th century rood screen and pulpit. Early medieval coffin slabs.
See (S2).
E. Rose (NLA) 18 January 2005.

The church records state that in 1852 the walls were scraped and two old shields were found and removed.
Information from (S10) [1].
E. Rose (NLA), 21 April 1988.

Churchwarden reports finding engraving on the bottom step of the font.
Information from (S10) [1].
E. Rose (NLA), 4 October 1982.

Roman sherds from churchyard (see file).
E. Rose (NAU).

A medieval mortar lies next to the south porch. See drawing (S9).

April 2002.
Repairs to floor in south aisle, west end involved repairing and replacing floor over access steps down to early 19th century burial vault.
See (S3) and (S4).
A. Rogerson (NLA) 29 April 2002.

Before 9 November 2005. Casual find while grave digging.
Medieval sherd and medieval roof tile fragment.
See list in file.
A. Rogerson (NLA) 14 December 2005.

This is one of the sixty five Norfolk churches selected for (S5).
D. Gurney (NLA) 17 February 2006.

May 2009.
Urgent repairs to the north nave roof completed.
See (S6) for more information.
H. White (NLA), 1 May 2009.

April 2008.
See (S7)/(S8) for the history of the church.
S. Howard (NLA), 2 August 2010.

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds

  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • COFFIN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FONT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MORTAR (VESSEL) (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PISCINA (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • ROOD SCREEN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • ROOF TILE (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)
  • DOOR (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Publication: [Unknown]. [unknown]. Palimpsests Behind 'Norfolk' Brasses (N).
---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. pp 661-662.
---Leaflet: 1978. Our Lady St Mary, South Creake..
---Leaflet: 1984. Our Lady Saint Mary, South Creake, Norfolk..
---Monograph: Hart, S.. 2010. Medieval Church Window Tracery in England. pp 8, 86.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1980. Crucifix given to S. Creake. 14 March.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1988. Bier 'treasure' to be restored. 18 April.
<S1>Designation: Historic England. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1077798.
<S2>Unpublished Document: Rose, E. (NLA). 2005. Building Report.. Building Report.
<S3>Illustration: Various. Various. Architectural plans.
<S4>Photograph: William H. Brown. 2002. [unknown].
<S5>Publication: Jenkins, S. 2000. England's Thousand Best Churches.
<S6>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2009. Church repair work beats a tough winter - and bats. 1 May.
<S7>Unpublished Document: Canon Roger Arguile. 2008. A History of the Church (draft).
<S8>Unpublished Report: Arguile, R. 2008. A History of a Church.
<S9>Illustration: Ashley, S. 1999. Sketch of a medieval stone mortar. Not to scale.
<S10>Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.

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