Record Details

NHER Number:2590
Type of record:Monument
Name:Ruins of old St Mary's Church, Southery


The ruins of Old St Mary's medieval church stand here. It was built from Carstone, ashlar and brick with much reused Norman material. The north doorway is 14th century, the west wall 15th century but very little other external detail survives. The church fell into disuse by the mid 19th century. Investigation of the church grounds have recovered Late Saxon, medieval and post medieval pottery sherds as well as fragments of stained glass.


  • The ruins of old St Mary's Church, Southery.  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service


Grid Reference:TL 6226 9471
Map Sheet:TL69SW

Full description

Ruins of Old St Mary's church. Much reused Norman material and blocked window; nave shortened at west. North doorway 14th century, west wall 15th century. Extended to south, new east and west windows etc. in brick, 18th (or 19th?) century. Disused from mid 19th century. Two medieval sherds from yards.
See report and photos in file.
Listed Grade II.
E. Rose (NAU) 25 April 1986.

Also Late Saxon and post medieval sherds and stained glass.
E. Rose (NAU) 27 June 1986.

Appropriate section from reference (S1) in file.

Monument Types

  • CHARNEL HOUSE (Undated)
  • MOUND (Undated)
  • CHURCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CROSS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CHURCH (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • ARCHITECTURAL FRAGMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • ARCHITECTURAL FRAGMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • COFFIN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • SCULPTURE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • STAINED GLASS (WINDOW) (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TL6294 A,C-H,J-L.
---Publication: Barrett. 1964. Further Tales from the Fens.
---Publication: Barrett. Tales from the Fens.
---Designation: Historic England. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1342372.
---Monograph: Bryant, T. H. 1904. Hundred of Clackclose. The Churches of Norfolk. Vol XIII. pp 230-233.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TL 69 SW 4 [5].
---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 663.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Medieval. Southery.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Photograph: BPG 3-4,16-18, CVT 23-24.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Monograph: Batcock, N. 1991. The Ruined and Disused Churches of Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology. No 51. Microfiche 5:G12. No 57; p 51.

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MNO9198Related to: Ruins of Old Church of St. Mary Churchgate Street SOUTHERY (Revoked)

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