Record Details

NHER Number:4019
Type of record:Building
Name:St Nicholas' Church, West Lexham


The round flint tower of this church is Early Norman with a later brick parapet . It has three bell openings two of which have been cut out of single slabs of stone to most unusual designs. Long-and-short west quoins to nave. The nave roof was rebuilt in 1881. The south door way and y-traceried windows date to around 1300 . The chancel was rebuilt later in the Middle Ages.
Roman, Late Saxon and medieval pot, prehistoric worked flint flakes and a 3rd century AD Roman coin have been found in the churchyard.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 8425 1721
Map Sheet:TF81NW

Full description

Round towered church mostly remodelled around 1300 then rebuilt again in 1881 and later, preserving tower and some original openings.
Medieval stone coffin lid.

1984. Found in churchyard.
Roman, Late Saxon and medieval sherds.

1993. Field Observation.
Stripping of render exposed Late Saxon windows in the tower.
See note in (S1).

1994. Found in churchyard.
Late Saxon and medieval sherds, flints.

1995. From churchyard.
Roman, Late Saxon, medieval sherds and Roman coin.
See (S2) and (S3) in file.
E. Rose (NLA), 27 May 1993.

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Late Saxon to 19th Century - 851 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • FLAKE (Lower Palaeolithic to Late Iron Age - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • COIN (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • COFFIN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FONT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PISCINA (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • Xbell frame (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Photograph: Ladbrooke: AR35-36; GSX 10-13.
---Aerial Photograph: TF8417 A-F,J-L.
---Monograph: Bryant, T. H. 1903. Hundred of Launditch. The Churches of Norfolk. pp 129-133.
---Publication: Cautley, H. M. 1949. Norfolk Churches. pp 5, 216.
---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 765.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Late Saxon. Lexham.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Slide: Various. Slide.
---Unpublished Document: Heywood, S. 2015. St Andrew, East Lexham. See East Lexham. HER 4074.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Article in Serial: Gurney, D. (ed.). 1994. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk 1993. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLII Pt I pp 115-123. p 122.
<S2>Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. 1993. Building Report.. Building Report.
<S3>Illustration: Various. Various. Architectural plans.

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