Record Details

NHER Number:2936
Type of record:Building
Name:St Bartholomew's Church, Brisley


A medieval parish church, probably on the site of an earlier Saxon building, but mostly of 14th and 15th century date. The church contains good examples of 14th century wall paintings, and an unusual crypt underneath the chancel which is said to have been used to house prisoners being taken to trial in Norwich in the 18th and 19th centuries. There are some fine box pews. The church was restored in the 1980s.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 9507 2148
Map Sheet:TF92SE

Full description

Medieval parish church.
Remains of ironbound conglomerate quoins in chancel north and east walls, which suggests the presence of a Saxon church, either on this site, or nearby.
Nave arcades and doors 14th century.
Chancel mixture of Decorated and Perpendicular styles, very fine sedilia, crypt beneath floored with 14th century style tiles; nave and aisle windows Perpendicular, tall Perpendicular west tower with bell frame, suggests remodelling of whole church in early 15th century.
Embossed tiles discovered in 1920s, kept in church.
Fine collection of 15th to 18th century woodwork including box pews, and a 3 decker pulpit etc.
Many wall painting fragments from the 14th century.
Crypt underneath chancel with an inwards facing door, and original wooden fittings.
South aisle exterior drastically restored about 1980; tower under repair 1987.
See (S1) and (S2).
E. Rose (NAU) 6 November 1987.

This is one of the sixty five Norfolk churches selected for (S3).
D. Gurney (NLA), 17 February 2006.

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds

  • COFFIN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Publication: [Unknown]. [unknown]. Palimpsests Behind 'Norfolk' Brasses (N).
---Photograph: Ladbrooke AR 9-10.
---Aerial Photograph: TF9521A, B, D, E, F, G.
---Monograph: Bryant, T. H. 1903. Hundred of Launditch. The Churches of Norfolk. pp 26-34.
---Documentary Source: Martin, T. c. 1700-1799. Collections of Church Notes. Norfolk Records Office. c. 1730.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1992. View of church's dark side. 14 September.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1995. Church stronger thanks to villages. 9 November.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1998. Grave case of the church car park. 14 March.
---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 219.
---Slide: Various. Slide.
<S1>Designation: Historic England. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1077461.
<S2>Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. 1987. Building Report.. Building Report.
<S3>Publication: Jenkins, S. 2000. England's Thousand Best Churches.

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