Record Details

NHER Number:4547
Type of record:Building
Name:St Mary's Church, Beachamwell


A parish church, dating to the Late Saxon period, with medieval alterations. The church has a round tower with Late Saxon windows, and a reused gravestone from AD 1050. Some unusual graffiti within the church include a demon and a list of mason's materials.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 7506 0535
Map Sheet:TF70NE

Full description

Late Saxon round tower with claimed midwall shaft formed from grave slab about 1050.
Perpendicular and 19th century.
Interesting graffiti.
1765. Alabaster carving found under floor.
E. Rose (NAU)

June 1960. Listed, Grade I
See (S1) for complete listing description.
E. Rose, (NAU) 2 December 1985.

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Late Saxon to 19th Century - 851 AD to 1900 AD)
  • CROSS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • DOOR (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • GRAVESTONE (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • WINDOW (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • CARVING (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FONT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • INSCRIBED OBJECT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PISCINA (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building
  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1981. Sale of Cotmans. 19 November.
---Aerial Photograph: TF7505A, (AAF) B-F, (Unit).
---Article in Serial: 1922. Proceedings of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society. Proceedings of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society. Vol XXIII, p 24, 30.
---Monograph: Brown, G. B. 1925. Anglo-Saxon Architecture. The Arts in Early England. Vol II. pp 277, 407, 424, 44.
---Designation: Historic England. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1077300.
---Monograph: Bryant, T. H. 1904. Hundred of Clackclose. The Churches of Norfolk. Vol XIII. pp 33-39.
---Publication: Cautley, H. M. 1949. Norfolk Churches. pp 5, 173.
---Newspaper Article: Lynn News. 1995-2000. [Articles on the rethatching of the St Mary's Church, Beachamwell].
---Newspaper Article: Lynn News. 1999. [Photograph of St Mary's Church]. 13 August.
---Monograph: Davison, A. 1988. Six Deserted Villages in Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology. No 44. pp 13-17.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Publication: Messent, C. J. W. 1936. The Parish Churches of Norfolk & Norwich. p 26.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, W. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. p 198.
---Leaflet: Roy Tricker. Beechamwell Churches..
---Monograph: Taylor, H.M. and Taylor, J.. 1978. Anglo Saxon Architecture..
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Late Saxon. Beachamwell.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Unpublished Document: Swift, R. L. 1997. Beachamwell. A Study of the Three Ecclesiastical Sites.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2015. Matthew's team discovers a lost world of art. 21 November.
<S1>Designation: Historic England. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1077301.

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