Record Details

NHER Number:437
Type of record:Monument
Name:Remains of St Bartholomew's Church, St Bartholomew Close, Heigham


The remaining 15th century tower of a medieval parish church. The rest of the church was destroyed by enemy bombing in 1942.

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Grid Reference:TG 21657 09754
Map Sheet:TG20NW

Full description

Tower of former parish church. 15th century.
Flint rubble with stone dressings and flushwork parapet. Unbuttressed tower has two-light perpendicular west window and four traceried sound holes. Iron strapping and four gargoyles at corner of string course with lettering(?) and rosettes below crenellated parapet with four castellated pinnacles. Blocked rendered tower arch and fragments of west nave and north aisle walls.
Destroyed by enemy bombing ?1942.
In existence by 1175 to 76 (N.R.S.). Probably same as 'ecclesia sua de Hecham' 1155 to 89. Probably 1163 to 74 (see (S1)).
Brasses in St Peter Hungate. This must be the brass inscription to W & M Bateman of 1355, a London 'A' brass given by (S2) as in the Bridewell Museum. See file.
See schedule in file.
E. Rose (NAU).

1954. Listed, Grade II.
Listing description Excerpt:
"Tower of former parish church. 15th century. Flint rubble with stone dressings and flushwork parapet. Unbutressed tower has two-light perpendicular west window and four traceried sound holes. Iron strapping. Four gargoyles at corner of stringcourse with lettering (?) and rosettes below crenellated parapet with four castellated pinnacles."
Information from (S8).
Please consult the National Heritage List for England (S8) for the current details.
P. Watkins (HES), 26 September 2017. Amended H. Hamilton (HES), 8 November 2019.

Appropriate section from (S3) in file.

For a description of the state of the building after bombing see (S4); copy in file. For a description of Bishop Hall's Monument destroyed in the bombing except for fragments (what happened to these?) see (S5) and (S6).
E. Rose (NLA), 10 July 1998.

Bishop Hall, whose palace was nearby, was in fact buried here against his express wishes, in 1656.
See (S7).
E. Rose (NLA), 28 February 2003.

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • CHURCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BOMB SITE (World War Two - 1942 AD to 1942 AD)

Associated Finds

  • BRASS (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Scheduled Monument
  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Designation: [unknown]. Ancient Monuments Form. SAM Record. DNF460.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TG 20 NW 280.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N. and Wilson, B. 1997. Norfolk 1: Norwich and North-East. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. p 232.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Norwich - Post Roman.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Designation: Department Of The Environment. 1882-1984?. Department of the Environment Scheduling Notification. Notification. DNF460.
<S1>Monograph: Robinson, J. A. (ed.). 1962. The Ames Correspondence. Letters to Mary: a selection from letters written by members of the Ames family of Lakenham, Norwich, 1837-1847. Norfolk Record Society Publications. Vol XXXI. p 24.
<S2>Article in Serial: Badham, S.. 2000. Monumental Brasses and the Black Death.. Antiquaries Journal. Vol 80, figs 8-9. pp 211, 215.
<S3>Monograph: Batcock, N. 1991. The Ruined and Disused Churches of Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology. No 51. Microfiche 5:G12. No 97; p 52; Microfiche 7: E6-E9.
<S4>Article in Serial: Williams, J. F. 1945. St Bartholomew, Heigham. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XXVIII, pp 229-233.
<S5>Monograph: Blomefield, F. 1806. The History of The City and County of Norwich, Part I. An Essay Towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk. Vol III. p 580.
<S6>Publication: Sainthill, R.. 1857. Numismatic and Other Crumbs.
<S7>Monograph: Gittings, M.. 1984. Death, burial and the individual in early modern England.. p 87.
<S8>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1220642.

Related records

Site 1129Parent of: Remains of St Bartholomew`s Church, St Bartholomew`s Close, Heigham (Monument)
MNO5951Related to: Remains of Church of St. Bartholomew St. Bartholomew's Close NORWICH (Revoked)

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