Record Details

NHER Number:259
Type of record:Building
Name:SS Simon and Jude's Church, Elm Hill, Norwich

Summary

A 14th and 15th century flint, brick and stone former parish church with a fine 14th century east window. Along with many other Norwich churches it was redundant by the 19th century, and in 1911 the west tower collapsed. By the 1930s it was an ivy-covered ruin. In 1952 the church became the headquarters of Norwich Scouts and Guides, resulting in a brutal modernisation that carved up the interior. However, some of the original interior survives, including two remarkable memorials, one to Thomas Pettus, Mayor of Norwich in 1590, the other to his son Sir John Pettus, Mayor in 1608. Today the scouts and guides have gone and the church is being restored.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TG 23254 08916
Map Sheet:TG20NW
Parish:NORWICH, NORWICH, NORFOLK

Full description

Parish church 14th and 15th centuries.

1831.
From cellar, 16th century costrel.
See NHER 26445 for burial found in 1996 in pavement.
In precinct of NHER 459.
See file for further details.

1972. Listed, Grade I.
Listing Description Excerpt:
"Former Parish Church, now store. 14th century and 15th century. Flint with stone and brick dressings. Slate roof. West tower. Nave and Chancel. Unbuttressed west tower partly ruined. Four-bay nave. North doorway with attached shafts and four-centre arch. Two-leaf door with tracery panels… Two-bay nave with cusped intersecting tracery windows."
Information from (S1).
Please consult the National Heritage List for England (S1) for the current details.
P. Watkins (HES), 6 September 2017. Amended H. Hamilton (HES), 8 November 2019.

January 1984. Building Survey.
Church examined as part of Norwich Survey.
See report (S2) for further details.
P. Watkins (HES), 6 September 2017.

January 2012. Building Survey.
Assessment of the plaster panels in the chancel ceiling.
See report (S3) for further details.
P. Watkins (HES), 10 November 2015.

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds

  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Monograph: Jennings, S. 1981. Eighteen Centuries of Pottery from Norwich. East Anglian Archaeology. No 13.
---Monograph: Batcock, N. 1991. The Ruined and Disused Churches of Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology. No 51. Microfiche 5:G12. No N46; p 175.
---Publication: Norwich Historic Churches Trust. 2003. St Simon & St Jude.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TG 20 NW 38; TG 20 NW 73 [2].
---Monograph: Pevsner, N. and Wilson, B. 1997. Norfolk 1: Norwich and North-East. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. p 251.
---Website: Knott. S.. 2005. St Simon and St Jude, Norwich. http://www.norfolkchurches.co.uk/norwichsimonjude/norwichsimonandjude.htm. 5 April 2007.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Norwich - Post Roman.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Illustration: Stannard, J. [unknown]. Drawing of St Simon and St Jude's Church, Norwich. Pencil and wash on paper.
---Photograph: [Unknown]. 1951. Photographs of interior of St Simon and St Jude's Church, Norwich. print.
---Photograph: Norwich Survey Staff. [unknown]. Photographs of exterior windows of St Simon and St Jude's Church, Norwich. print.
---Illustration: [Unknown]. [unknown]. Plan of St Simon and St Jude's Church, Norwich.
<S1>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1051274.
<S2>Unpublished Document: [Unknown]. 1984. St Simon and St Jude's Church, Norwich [draft report].
<S3>Unpublished Contractor Report: Wingate, M. 2012. SS Simon and Jude, Elm Hill, Norwich. Assessment of the Plaster Panels of the Chancel Ceiling. Norwich Historic Churches Trust.

Related records

Site 2130Parent of: Church of St Simon and St Jude (Monument)
Site 1964Parent of: Church of St Simon and St Jude, Elm Hill (Monument)
Site 2051Parent of: Church of St Simon and St Jude, Elm Hill (Monument)
Site 972Parent of: Church of St. Simon and St. Jude, Elm Hill (Monument)
Mon 637Parent of: St Simon and St Jude Church (Monument)
Mon 336Parent of: St Simon and St Jude Graveyard (Monument)
459Part of: Precinct of SS Simon and Jude's Church, Elm Hill, Norwich (Building)
MNO8791Related to: Church of St. Simon and St. Jude. Elm Hill NORWICH (Revoked)

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