Record Details

NHER Number:258
Type of record:Building
Name:St Peter Parmentergate's Church, King Street, Norwich

Summary

St Peter Parmentergate is a large church, built on a sloping site. It stands just below the Castle and above the Cathedral, on the end of King Street closest to Market Avenue. A large part of this building dates to the 15th and 16th centuries, and like many of the urban churches, is of flint with stone and brick dressings. The church has been redundant since 1981.

The building itself has both nave and chancel, with a high west tower, south porch and a vestry, which due to the sloping site is reached by twelve steps up from the churchyard. The east window on the north side of the nave is partly blocked by a semi-octagonal rood turret of around 1510, and the chancel dates to the same period. Inside can be seen the tomb of Richard Berney, dated 1623, as well as a Victorian screen to the chancel which has reset 15th century tracery and figures.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TG 23393 08373
Map Sheet:TG20NW
Parish:NORWICH, NORWICH, NORFOLK

Full description

Redundant church. 15th-16th century.

1860.
Acoustic trenches found.
See (S1) for further details.

1954. Listed, Grade I.
Listing Description Excerpt:
"Former parish church now redundant. Late 15th century and early 16th century. Flint with stone and brick dressings. Slate roof to nave and plain tile to chancel. West tower, nave and chancel. South porch. East vestry. Three-stage tower with diagonal buttresses."
Information from (S2).
Please consult the National Heritage List for England (S2) for the current details.
P. Watkins (HES), 6 September 2017. Amended H. Hamilton (HES), 8 November 2019.

April 1979. Building Survey.
Church assessed by Council for Places of Worship ahead of proposed closure.
See report (S3) for further details including lists of furnishings, fittings and monuments.
P. Watkins (HES), 6 September 2017.

December 1983. Building Survey.
Church examined as part of Norwich Survey.
See draft report (S4) for further details.
P. Watkins (HES), 6 September 2017.

1994. Field Observation.
Observation of remedial works to the churchyard boundary wall.
Post-medieval pottery sherds and animal bone recovered.
See short note (S5) for further details. The results of this work are also summarised in (S6).
Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 19 October 2015.

1997. Watching Brief.
Works in churchyard exposed brick vault.
See report (S4) and notes (S11) for further details. The results of this work are also summarised in (S5).
Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 19 October 2015.

See notes in file, including extract from Blomefield (S7) describing stalls used by Pied Friars from the adjacent friary (NHER 620).
Compiled by E. Rose (NLA), 25 April 1997.

1997. Stray Find.
Casual find on builder's spoil heap:
1 Late Saxon/medieval sawn antler tine.
See description in file.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 31 January 2007.

January 2004. Field Observation.
Observation of contractor's excavation adjacent to south wall of nave.
Footings exposed. No finds.
See short note (S8) for further details.
J. Allen (NLA), 7 April 2004. Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 19 October 2015.

February-March 2004. Watching Brief.
No contexts used.
A brick-built tomb was exposed at the west end of the church, north of the font.
No further archaeological remains were encountered.
See report (S9) for further details. The results of this work are also summarised in (S10).
J. Allen (NLA), 20 September 2006.

January 2020. Change of use.
The former Jarrold's Printing Museum, founded in 1982 and based at Whitefriars (Norwich), is relocating to St Peter Parmentergate's Church King Street and is due to open summer 2020.
Information from website (S12).
H. Hamilton (HES), 13 January 2020.

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Medieval to 21st Century - 1066 AD? to 2100 AD)
  • TOMB (17th Century to 19th Century - 1623 AD to 1900 AD)
  • MUSEUM (21st Century - 2020 AD to 2050 AD)

Associated Finds

  • ANIMAL REMAINS (Undated)
  • HUMAN REMAINS (Undated)
  • MANUFACTURING DEBRIS (Late Saxon to Medieval - 851 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CLAY PIPE (SMOKING) (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Article in Serial: Manning, C. R. 1864. Lost brasses. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol VI pp 3-26. p 16.
---Article in Serial: Boileau, J. P. 1864. Returns of Church Goods in the Churches of the City of Norwich, 6 Edward VI. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol VI pp 360-378. p 372.
---Monograph: Jennings, S. 1981. Eighteen Centuries of Pottery from Norwich. East Anglian Archaeology. No 13.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1983. Seven bells replace Tacolneston's five. 28 March.
---Monograph: Batcock, N. 1991. The Ruined and Disused Churches of Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology. No 51. Microfiche 5:G12. No N43; p 175.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N. and Wilson, B. 1997. Norfolk 1: Norwich and North-East. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. pp 250-251.
---Leaflet: Norwich Historic Churches Trust & HEART. St Peter Parmentergate, King Street..
---Article in Serial: Harrod, H. 1859. Goods and Ornaments of Norwich Churches in the Fourteenth Century. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol V pp 89-121. pp 115-119.
---Unpublished Document: Cattermole, P. 1985. Some Norwich Churches as seen in the Obedientiary Rolls of Norwich Cathedral Priory, 1276-1536.
---Record Card: NCM Staff. 1973-1989. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card - Norwich.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Norwich - Post Roman.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Unpublished Report: [Unknown]. 1983. St Peter Parmentergate Church, Norwich [draft report]. Building Report.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Article in Serial: Mimms, G. W. W. 1872. Acoustic Pottery. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol VII pp 93-101. pp 93-101; Figs 2-3.
<S2>Designation: Historic England. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1372808.
<S3>Unpublished Report: Council for Places of Worship. 1979. Norwich, St. Peter Parmentergate, Norfolk (Norwich).
<S4>Unpublished Contractor Report: Shelley, A. 1997. A Watching Brief at St Peter Parmentergate Church, Norwich. Norfolk Archaeological Unit. 212.
<S5>Article in Serial: Gurney, D. and Penn, K. (eds). 1998. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk 1997. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLIII Pt I pp 193-210. p 203.
<S5>Unpublished Report: Shelley, A. 1994. St Peter Parmentergate Church, Norwich, King Street, Norwich. Observation of remedial works to the churchyard boundary wall.
<S6>Article in Serial: Gurney, D. (ed.). 1995. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk 1994. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLII Pt II pp 230-239. p 236.
<S7>Monograph: Blomefield, F. 1806. The History of The City and County of Norwich, Part II. An Essay Towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk. Vol IV.
<S8>Unpublished Report: Ayers, B. 2004. Notes taken at Watching Brief at St Peter Parmentergate, Norwich.
<S9>Unpublished Contractor Report: Birks, C. 2004. An Archaeological Watching Brief at St Peter Parmentergate Church, King Street, Norwich. Norfolk Archaeological Unit. 914.
<S10>Article in Serial: Gurney, D. and Penn, K. 2005. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk in 2004. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLIV Pt IV pp 751-763. p 759.
<S11>Unpublished Document: Shelley, A. 1997. [Notes on watching brief at St Peter Parmentergate Church, Norwich].
<S12>Website: Jarrold. 2016. John Jarrold Printing Museum. https://www.jarrold.com/what-we-do/museum.aspx.

Related records

458Part of: Precinct of St Peter Parmentergate, King Street (Monument)
MNO9386Related to: Church of St. Peter Parmentergate King Street NORWICH (Revoked)

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