Record Details

NHER Number:2227
Type of record:Building
Name:St Andrew's Church, Walpole St Andrew


St Andrew's church is a grand building, the visible structure dating almost completely to the late 15th century, though some 14th century work has been reused in the tower, which is of brick. This attractive feature also contains a lean-to chamber accessed through a buttress, which may have been a roadside shrine or perhaps an anchorite's cell. The eight large celestory windows are joined by substantial aisle and chancel windows to give the impression of great light. The church currently stands empty, under the protection of the Churches Conservation Trust, and the concrete floor of the 1897 restoration has resulted in erosion to the stone nave piers inside. In the churchyard, two 15th century stone corbels in the shape of crouching grotesques have been set in the wall, and inside is a remarkable 1920s war memorial.


  • St Andrew's Church, Walpole St Andrew.  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service


Grid Reference:TF 5015 1755
Map Sheet:TF51NW

Full description

Grand church of late 15th century, reusing 14th century work especially in the tower. All of brick. Traces or earlier buildings reported from 1897 restoration. Remarkable war memorial.
See detailed report (S1) in file.
E. Rose (NLA), 10 May 2002.

War memorial listed separately 2004 as grade II. Important work by Oliver Hill a famous 1920s military architect
E. Rose (NLA), 29 October 2004.

2005. Field Observation.
Investigatory works established that the spalling (erosion) of the internal stonework was caused by a concrete floor laid in 1897. Remains of older brick core and medieval tile used as hardcore. Lost gateway rediscovered in churchyard.
See report (S3) in file. These observations are also summarised in (S4).
E. Rose (NLA), 20 December 2005.

Monument Types

  • BELL TOWER (Medieval to 21st Century - 1066 AD? to 2100 AD)
  • CHURCH (Medieval to 21st Century - 1066 AD? to 2100 AD)
  • FONT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • HERMITAGE (RELIGIOUS) (Medieval - 1066 AD? to 1539 AD?)
  • WAR MEMORIAL (World War One to World War Two - 1914 AD to 1945 AD)

Associated Finds

  • ARCHITECTURAL FRAGMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • COFFIN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • HUMAN REMAINS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building
  • Listed Building
  • Listed Building
  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TF 5017A & B.
---Monograph: Bryant, T. H. 1902. Hundred of Freebridge Marshland. The Churches of Norfolk. Vol X. pp 70-78.
---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 744-745.
---Leaflet: Saint Andrew's Church, Walpole..
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
---Designation: English Heritage. 1990-2013. English Heritage Listing Notification. Notification. DNF14900.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. 2002. Building Report.. Building Report.
<S2>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1983. Public could decide Walpole church future. 7 April.
<S3>Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. 2005. Further Building Report. Building Report.
<S4>Article in Serial: Gurney, D. and Penn, K. 2006. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk in 2005. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLV Pt I pp 124-136. p 134.

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