Record Details

NHER Number:4703
Type of record:Building
Name:All Saints' Church, Poringland


This distinctive church is principally 14th/15th century in date. However the round base of the tower is Norman and both porches were later additions made in the 19th century. Visitors should take note of the large figure niches with cusped and carved heads surrounding a lovely Decorated window. Peculiar groteque figures also peek around the gables of the roof line. Inside there are several intriguing features that capture the imagination. The 14th century font is exquisitely carved with a large flower, shield-bearing angels and animals to represent John, Mark, Luke and Matthew. The carved poppy-head pews date to 1861 but the stained glass windows depicting images of Christ are much more ancient. This impressive building now serves as the parish church for all of Poringland, having formerly been the church of East or Great Poringland.


  • All Saints' Church, Poringland.  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service


Grid Reference:TG 2708 0170
Map Sheet:TG20SE

Full description

Former parish church of East or Great Poringland, now parish church of Poringland.
Moved to this site from site NHER 9902 during the reign of William II. Round tower perhaps of that date. Chancel and nave 14th century Decorated, enlarged 15th century Perpendicular style. North porch 17th century? on older core. 19th century restoration.

Medieval sherd from churchyard in building extension 1990.
See detailed report, photos (S1) and architects plans (S2) in file.
Listed grade I (S3).
E. Rose 18 January 1990.

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Medieval to 21st Century - 1066 AD to 2100 AD)

Associated Finds

  • 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)
  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WALL PAINTING (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • Xbell frame (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Monograph: Bryant, T. H. 1901. Hundred of Henstead. The Churches of Norfolk. Vol VII. pp 51-57.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Serial: 1818. Excursions through Norfolk.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, W. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. p 590.
---Leaflet: All Saints' Church, Poringland.. Poringland Parochial Church Council 1973..
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Photograph: FFP 17-18.
<S2>Illustration: Various. Various. Architectural plans.
<S3>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1050466.

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