Record Details

NHER Number:2891
Type of record:Building
Name:St Peter's and St Paul's Church, Scarning


A medieval and later flint, brick and stone parish church, consisting of a west tower, an aisleless nave with a south porch and a chancel with a south vestry. The earliest part of the building is probably the nave, which may be 13th century and certainly pre-dates the 14th century chancel and south porch. The west tower is 16th century with a later top. The unusual two storey south vestry dates to 1576. The whole was restored, the chancel heavily, in 1869 and 1984. Inside is a 13th century font with a tall spire of a cover, a late medieval painted rood screen with tracery and some good memorials. The east window is from about 1862 and is very rich and High Victorian, as are the other chancel windows.


  • St Peter's and St Paul's Church, Scarning.  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service


Grid Reference:TF 954 121
Map Sheet:TF91SE

Full description

Early 13th century font.
Nave perhaps of same date, certainly predating chancel and porch of 14th century.
Some windows replaced 15th century.
Tower 16th century, top later than remainder.
Unusual two storeyed south vestry of 1576.
Restored 1869 and 1984.
Painted rood screen and some good memorials.
See report (S1) and photographs (S2) in file.
Listed grade I (S3).
E. Rose (NAU), 6 October 1986.

20 June 2001.
Found by workmen beneath tile floor, near pulpit at east end of nave, in disturbed Victorian or later rubble.
Fragment of medieval window glass; colourless, corner with two grazed edges, four parallel lines of red/purple paint of varying widths.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 27 June 2001.

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds

  • WINDOW GLASS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Monograph: Bryant, T. H. 1903. Hundred of Launditch. The Churches of Norfolk. pp 180-194.
---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 631.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2015. Restoration of village church is celebrated. 11 July.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2014. Urgent church repair work to start after years of fundraising. 14 June.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2014. Church repaired in nick of time. 5 December.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Rose, E. (NAU). 1986. Building Report.. Building Report.
<S2>Photograph: AS 9-13 (Ladbrooke), CVZ 10-11.
<S3>Designation: Historic England. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1342579.

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