Record Details

NHER Number:5073
Type of record:Building
Name:St Andrew's Church, Tottington


A large 14th to 15th century church consisting of a massive west tower, aisled nave, chancel and south porch. It was restored in 1886, when the clerestorey was added to the nave. The surrounding village was abandoned in 1942 when it was taken into the Norfolk battle training area, and apart from the church, only a few ex-council houses remain. The church windows were boarded up until the early 1990s, but the boarding has now been removed and the roof re-clad with steel plates resembling pantiles. The original tiles are stored inside, where there were also some fine medieval benches with carved animals at their ends and some interesting memorials. The bench ends are now in the Hungate Medieval Art Centre in Norwich.


  • St Andrew's Church, Tottington. Photograph from  © S. Knott


Grid Reference:TL 8939 9551
Map Sheet:TL89NE

Full description

Large church, 14th to 15th century, restored in 1886. In Battle Area; boarded up.
See full report (S1), photographs (S2) and (S3) and press cuttings (S4) and (S5) in file. (S6) to (S8) in file.
E. Rose (NAU), 5 January 1983.

Appropriate section from reference from (S9) and guidebook (S10) in file. Listed II* (S11).

Boarding removed 1993 to 4, according to (S12) and church as shown in photographs on (S13), 2004.
P. Aldridge (NLA), 1 August 2007.

2010. Bench ends formerly in this church are now in the Hungate Medieval Art Centre in Norwich (NHER 188)(S14).
D. Gurney (NLA), 2 February 2010.

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds

  • 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)
  • WINDOW (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

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TL8995B and RESTRICTED TL8995F, K.
---Serial: Blomefield, F.. 1805. An Essay Towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk.. Vol II.
---Monograph: Bryant, T. H. 1898. Hundred of Wayland. The Churches of Norfolk. Vol I. pp 42-47.
---Map: Bryant. 1826. Bryant's Map of Norfolk.
---Aerial Photograph: 1954. TL 8995L-N.
---Documentary Source: Martin, T. c. 1700-1799. Collections of Church Notes. Norfolk Records Office.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2012. Centuries of church history amid battle area. 18 July.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Slide: Various. Slide.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2015. Exhibition shows the treasures hidden away in the battle area. 7 April.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Rose, E. (NAU). 1975. Building Report.. Building Report.
<S2>Photograph: BYK 32-7.
<S3>Photograph: 1923. Various.
<S4>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1993. [Photograph of St Andrews Church, Tottington]. 26 July.
<S5>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2000. [Photographs of Tottington]. 29 January.
<S6>Unpublished Document: Council for the Care of Churches. 1986. Tottington St Andrew, Norfolk (Norwich). 21 November.
<S7>Unpublished Document: Russen and Turner, Building Surveyors. 1994. St Andrew's Church, Tottington, Norfolk. Report on Condition. October.
<S8>Unpublished Document: 1998. Notes of a meeting held between the DAC and G. King & Son of Norwich on Tuesday 27 January at King's Works in Norwich. 27 January.
<S9>Monograph: Batcock, N. 1991. The Ruined and Disused Churches of Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology. No 51. Microfiche 5:G12. No 31; p 51.
<S10>Publication: Tricker, R.. 1982. Guide Book.
<S11>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1342814.
<S12>Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, W. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. pp 739-740.
<S13>Website: Knott., S.. 2004. St Andrew, Tottington. 1 August 2007.
<S14>*Verbal Communication: Anne Mason. 2010. [unknown].

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