Record Details

NHER Number:1991
Type of record:Building
Name:St Mary's Church, Syderstone


The current form of St Mary's is a west tower, nave and chancel. However, it began life in the early medieval period as a cruciform church, with both aisles and transepts that have since been demolished, although the south arcade remains. The present round west tower dates to the 13th century, as does the former south door and possible the chancel. The north arcade was remade in the 14th century, when the east wall of the chancel was rebuilt and a splendid four-light window with curvilinear tracery installed, possibly the best in the county. Inside is an important, if dour, tomb of 1605.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 8330 3266
Map Sheet:TF83SW

Full description

Listed Grade I (S1).
E. Rose (NAU).

Norman cruciform church, aisles and transepts demolished, south arcade remains. Possibility of central tower. Present round west tower 13th century, also former south door, and possibly chancel. North arcade remade 14th century, and grand rebuilding of east chancel wall. 15th century reordering with new windows, chancel arch and tower arch.
Aisles demolished 1785. 19th century re-roofing and alterations. Important tomb of 1605. Good 19th century furnishings.
See report (S2) in file.
Compiled by E. Rose (NLA), 14 February 1997.

Before 26 January 2007. Metal detecting.
Bawsey floor tile found on north side of the church. See description, scanned photo and letter in file.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 8 February 2007.

Before 10 June 2009. Casual find whilst grave digging.
Post medieval pottery sherd.
See list in file
A. Rogerson, (NLA), 30 June 2009

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • CHURCH (Medieval to 21st Century - 1066 AD? to 2100 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FLOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • FLOOR (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FLOOR TILE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • Xaxial tower (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • Xtile pavement (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FLOOR TILE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • WINDOW (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Monograph: Bryant, T. H. 1900. Hundred of Gallow. The Churches of Norfolk. Vol VI. pp 153-159.
---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 690.
---Monograph: Hart, S.. 2010. Medieval Church Window Tracery in England. p 83.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Slide: Various. Slide.
<S1>Designation: Historic England. National Heritage List for England.
<S2>Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. 1997. Building Report. Building Report.
<S6>Newspaper Article: Lynn News. 1997. Historic church gets a vital boost from trust. 28 March.

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