Record Details

NHER Number:2470
Type of record:Building
Name:St Mary's Church, Bexwell


This church has a Norman round tower and a nave and chancel in one. The tower's octagonal top dates to the late 14th century. The church was altered in the 14th and 15th centuries and then given a thorough Victorian restoration in 1874. The building was dilapidated by the 1980s, but after vigorous fund-raising by the local community and various grants it has now been restored again.


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


Grid Reference:TF 6313 0340
Map Sheet:TF60SW

Full description

July 1951. Listed, Grade II.
Listing Description Excerpt:
"Parish church. Early 12th century west tower, nave and continuous chancel, altered 14th century and 15th century, restored 1874: Carstone with ashlar dressings and slate roof. 4 stage circular tower with late 14th century octagonal belfry."
Information from (S1).
Please consult the National Heritage List for England (S1) for the current details.
Amended by H. Hamilton (HES), 8 November 2019.

Norman and later, with round tower, coffin slab and tiles found 1854.
See notes (S2) and press cuttings (S3) to (S5) in file.
E. Rose (NAU), October 1990.

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds

  • COFFIN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FLOOR TILE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TF6303 A-C.
---Monograph: Bryant, T. H. 1904. Hundred of Clackclose. The Churches of Norfolk. Vol XIII. pp 40-48.
---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1996. TF 6303G - H.
---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 205.
---Leaflet: Guide to the Parish Churches of St Edmund Downham Market and St Mary the Virgin Bexwell.. The Church Publishers, Ramsgate..
---Leaflet: St Mary's Church, 'Bexwell … the first Thousand Years', Bexwell.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1077855.
<S2>Unpublished Document: Rose, E. (NAU). 1977. Building Report.. Building Report.
<S3>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1984. [Articles on the cost of the repair work needed at St Mary's Church, Bexwell].
<S4>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1987. Church grant 'waste of cash'. 19 March.
<S5>Newspaper Article: Lynn News. 1997. New life for ancient Bexwell church. 13 May.

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