Record Details

NHER Number:2284
Type of record:Monument
Name:Ruins of church of St Peter, Wiggenhall St Germans


St Peter's church is in ruins, although it is known to have been largely intact in the 1920s. Today the building is in the care of the Norfolk Historic Churches Trust, who maintain the structure. All the visible structure is thought to date to the 15th century, although the tower is set inside an earlier nave west end in a very unusual fasion, creating a vaulted room in the resulting space. Today all the walls of this brick, flint rubble and stone structure are intact, though the roof, window glass and the majority of the tracery are missing. Having been only recently ruined, details such as the human and animal corbels and headstops, window seats, sedilia and piscina and aumbries all survive. The tower was struck by lightning in 2013.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 6043 1325
Map Sheet:TF61SW

Full description

In ruins. All datable visible work is 15th century, but the tower is set inside the earlier nave at the west end in a very unusual fashion with a vaulted room made in resulting space.
See report (S1) and press cuttings in file.
E. Rose (NAU), 3 December 1984.

See (S2) photos in file.

December 2010. Building recording.
The building recording undertaken at St Mary's Church (NHER 2254) and the ruin of St Peter's Church revealed that both were constructed from the same red brick of varied sizes and that both probably date to the early 15th century.
See (S3).
S. Howard (HES), 5 July 2011.

August 2013.
The ruins were struck by lightning, causing damage to the tower (S4).
D. Gurney (HES), 15 November 2013.

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Medieval to 21st Century - 1066 AD? to 2100 AD)
  • CROSS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TF6013A-B 30 July 1975, C-E 9 February 1984.
---Monograph: Bryant, T. H. 1902. Hundred of Freebridge Marshland. The Churches of Norfolk. Vol X. pp 140-143.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TF 61 SW 13.
---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 780.
---Photograph: 1994. Photographs of the ruins of Church of St Peter, Wiggenhall St Peter. Black & white and Colour.
---Illustration: Print of pencil drawing of the Church of St Peter, Wiggenhall St Germans.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Slide: Various. Slide.
---Photograph: BDC 1-6.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1976. Making landmark out of ruins. 2 September.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. 1984. Building Report.. Building Report.
<S2>Monograph: Batcock, N. 1991. The Ruined and Disused Churches of Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology. No 51. Microfiche 5:G12. No 63; p 51.
<S3>Unpublished Contractor Report: Peachey, M. 2011. Building Recording at Wiggenhall St Mary Magdalen's and St Peter's Churches, Norfolk. Archaeological Project Services. 12/11.
<S4>Unpublished Document: Ruth Blackman. 2013. The ruined church of St Peter at Wiggenhall St Peter, Norfolk. Inspection report following a lightening strike..

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MNO3218Related to: Ruins of Church of St Peter WIGGENHALL ST GERMANS (Revoked)

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