Record Details

NHER Number:2718
Type of record:Building
Name:All Saints' Church, Hilborough


A medieval parish church with an early 14th century chancel and arcades, a 15th century west tower and a fine west doorway with carved figures flanked by niches. The church also contains 15th century pews. Nelson's father and grandfather were rectors here, and Nelson's sister, two elder brothers and other relatives are buried here.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 8257 0001
Map Sheet:TF80SW

Full description

(S1) claims that the church stands on the 'burgh' that gave the town its name.
(S2) notes nave, 2 aisles, chancel, 'an old font'; he illustrates stained glass. In churchyard 'a little cross' and another one a pedestal 11.8m (13 yards) diameter, said to have once been as tall as the nave.
(S3) refers to a ruined vestry.
Bequests to tower 1447 to 74 (Dr. Cotton).
E. Rose (NAU) 10 August 1983.

June 1960. Listed, Grade I.
Information from (S4).
E. Rose (NAU) March 1986.

A bequest was made to the south porch and aisle in 1518 which referred to timber already stockpiled. The porch has the handiwork of the Wiveton Mason. In 1514 a bequest was left for a rood beam. Over the west door the arms of Clifton 1447. The north door is back from the same template as Fincham south doorway. Money was left for the bells in 1474. So does this indicate 15th century rebuilding complete in 1518? See (S5).
E. Rose (NLA) 22 December 2000.

(S6) in file.

(S7) notes a rare Royal Arms of James I.
E. Rose (NLA), 13 December 2005.

(S8) notes that Nelson's father and grandfather were rectors of All Saints' before the family moved to Burnham Thorpe. Nelson's grandfather, sister and two elder brothers are buried in the church, as well as other members of the Nelson family.
See (S8) for more details.
S. Spooner (NLA) 23 February 2006

Monument Types

  • BURH (Undated)
  • CHURCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CROSS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TF8200 F,H-K,V,W; TL8299 Z,AA-AC.
---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. pp 399-400.
---Leaflet: The Church and Parish of All Saints, Hilborough, Norfolk, in the Hilborough Group of Parishes..
---Leaflet: A guide to the churches and villages of the Hilborough group of parishes, Norfolk..
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Monograph: Bryant, T. H. 1903. Hundred of South Greenhoe. The Churches of Norfolk. Vol XII. pp 103-111.
<S1>Monograph: Bryant, J.. 1900. Norfolk Churches..
<S2>Documentary Source: Martin, T. c. 1700-1799. Collections of Church Notes. Norfolk Records Office. 1730s.
<S3>Serial: Blomefield, F.. 1805-1810. An Essay Towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk.. Volume Unknown.
<S4>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1171997.
<S5>Article in Serial: Fawcett, R.. 1982. St Mary Wiveton.. Antiqu Journal. Vol LXII. p 41.
<S6>Newspaper Article: Lynn News. 1991. [Photograph of All Saints' Church, Hillsborough]. 8 January.
<S7>Article in Monograph: Yule, G.. 1994. James VI and I, Furnishing the churches.. Religion Culture and Society in early Modern Britain. Fletcher, A. & Roberts, P.. p 186 ff.
<S8>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2005. Church reclaims its role in Nelsons story. 19 September.

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