Record Details

NHER Number:574
Type of record:Building
Name:St Etheldreda's Church, King Street, Norwich


St Ethelreda's Church is thought to have Saxon origins, and retains a short stumpy 12th century round tower. The building itself is flint with stone and brick dressings, and a 19th century pantile roof replaces the previous thatching. Like a number of churches in Norwich and indeed Norfolk, Ethelreda was subject to a heft restoration by Edward Boardman in the late 19th century, which in this case has obscured much of the older medieval details. The church itself has been redundant since 1961, but has been used for some years as a sculptors workshop and studio space.

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Grid Reference:TG 23638 07932
Map Sheet:TG20NW

Full description

St Etheldreda's Church, King Street.

'Pre 1100 on architectural evidence and dedication'.
R. R. Clarke (NCM).

This church was restored in the late 19th century by Edward Boardman, the well-known, Norwich-born architect. See (S1) for a transcription of a report on the condition of the church given by Boardman in 1882, presumably prior to the commensement of the repairs. It is noted that the church was "…said by some to be the oldest church in the city".
The source of this document is unknown at present - the copy held by the NHER was found in the Alan Carter archive (UEA).
P. Watkins (HES), 16 January 2018.

Other memorials and the bells from St Peter Southgate were also brought here.
See NHER 596.

1954. Listed Grade I.
Listing Description Excerpt:
"Former parish church now redundant... 12th, 14th and 19th century restorations by E. Boardman. Flint with stone and brick dressings. Plain tile roof. West tower nave and chancel. South porch. Truncated round tower with octagonal top having brick quoins. Four bay nave with reticulated tracery, 19th century on north side."
Information from (S2).
Please consult the National Heritage List for England (S1) for the current details.
Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 16 January 2018. Amended H. Hamilton (HES), 8 November 2019.

1970s or 1980s. Building Survey.
Examined as part of Norwich Survey.
See draft report (S3) for further details and record forms (S4) for copies of photographs of exterior.
Work also discussed in (S6) and (S7).
P. Watkins (HES), 16 January 2018. Amended by A. Beckham (HES), 18 January 2020.

May 1974. Building Survey.
Church assessed by Council for Places of Worship ahead of proposed closure.
See report (S5) for further details including lists of furnishings, fittings and monuments.
P. Watkins (HES), 16 January 2018.

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Late Saxon to 21st Century - 851 AD to 2100 AD)

Associated Finds

  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Monograph: Batcock, N. 1991. The Ruined and Disused Churches of Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology. No 51. Microfiche 5:G12. No N15; p 175.
---Publication: Cox, J. C. 1911. Country Churches: Norfolk. Vol II. pp 174-175.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N. and Wilson, B. 1997. Norfolk 1: Norwich and North-East. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. p 233.
---Publication: Messent, C. J. W. 1932. The City Churches of Norwich. pp 25-26.
---Leaflet: Norwich Historic Churches Trust & HEART. St Etheldreda, King Street..
---Article in Serial: Harrod, H. 1859. Goods and Ornaments of Norwich Churches in the Fourteenth Century. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol V pp 89-121. pp 119-121.
---Unpublished Document: Cattermole, P. 1985. Some Norwich Churches as seen in the Obedientiary Rolls of Norwich Cathedral Priory, 1276-1536.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Norwich - Post Roman.
<S1>Unpublished Document: [Unknown]. [unknown]. Ref PD4.13. Edward Boardman reported to the parish 1882.
<S2>Designation: Historic England. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1051209.
<S3>Unpublished Report: [Unknown]. 1983. St Etheldreda [draft report]. Building Report.
<S4>Recording Form: Norwich Survey building record forms.
<S5>Unpublished Report: Council for Places of Worship. 1974. Norwich, St. Etheldreda (Norwich). Building Report.
<S6>Unpublished Report: Atkin, M. 1983. Two Round Towered churches from Norwich. Publication article. pp. 3 and 4.
<S7>Correspondence: Goode, W. J. and Atkin, M.. 1983. Correspondence regarding the dating of round tower churches. 3rd-18th March.

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