Record Details

NHER Number:4166
Type of record:Building
Name:St Mary's Church, Sporle with Palgrave


The Norman origins of this church can be seen in the chancel of this church. The rest of the church fabric has a complicated build history, with the nave incorporating features of both Decorated and Perpendicular architecture. The West tower is of 13th century date and has set back buttresses. The architect Herbert Green restored the church in the 1890s and this work accounts for much of the currently visible exterior. Inside, there is a Norman font and important wall paintings depicting the Martyrdom of St Catherine.


  • St Mary's Church, Sporle with Palgrave. Photograph from  © S. Knott


Grid Reference:TF 8499 1146
Map Sheet:TF81SW

Full description

Norman and Early English chancel. Decorated and Perpendicular nave, formerly with parvis west of tower.
Important wall paintings.
Stone coffins in yard.

Roman tiles found in church. Medieval sherds from yard.
See notes, photograph (S1).

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds

  • TILE (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • COFFIN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TF8411 D,E.
---Newspaper Article: Lynn News. 1989-1990. [Articles on the restoration of the wall painting at St Mary's Church, Sporle with Palgrave].
---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 667-668.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1990. Original painting so vivid (letter to the editor). 2 August.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1985. Spring clean for church. 10 May.
---Monograph: Hart, S.. 2010. Medieval Church Window Tracery in England. p 132.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Monograph: Bryant, T. H. 1903. Hundred of South Greenhoe. The Churches of Norfolk. Vol XII. pp 237-249.
<S1>Photograph: BDE 9.

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