Record Details

NHER Number:592
Type of record:Building
Name:All Saints' Church, Westlegate, Norwich


This former parish church is now redundant and used as community centre. It dates to the 15th and 16th century and is made from flint with stone and brick dressings and plain tile roofs. The building has a west tower, nave, chancel, north aisle and south porch. In 1982 workmen who were laying central heating pipes disturbed a number of burials. Additionally, a repair trench dug in the churchyard in 2001 recovered a Late Saxon/early medieval body sherd of Sandwich Ware.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 23141 08227
Map Sheet:TG20NW

Full description

All Saint's Church, Westlegate.

For earlier discoveries of acoustic pots in the church see reference (S1).

1954. Listed Grade I.
Listing Description Excerpt:
"Former parish church now redundant and used as community centre. 15th and 16th century. Flint with stone and brick dressings. Plain tile roofs. West tower. Nave and chancel. North aisle and south porch. Unbuttressed tower with brick quoins. The top was added in 1913."
Information from (S2).
Please consult the National Heritage List for England (S2) for the current details.
Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 19 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. See also miscellaneous notes from Alan Carter archive (UEA) in file (S4).
P. Watkins (HES), 19 January 2018.

May 1974. Building Survey.
Church assessed by Council for Places of Worship ahead of proposed closure.
See report (S5) for further details, including brief general description and lists of fittings, monuments and stained glass.
P. Watkins (HES), 19 January 2018.

1982. Watching Brief.
Laying of central heating pipes. Excavation of wide trench about 1m deep along length of north aisle revealed approximately six disarticulated burials and two 'in situ' at east end.
Plan by Norwich Survey.
M. Atkin.

February 1989. Watching Brief.
Eight pits, approximatley 0.5m x 0.6m x 0.5m, dug in north aisle of church to support upper floor (plan in file).
Earlier floor level and evidence of burning seen in hole six.
A continuous flint and mortar footing about 0.30m wide was exposed below piers in north aisle in holes three, five and seven.
See notes (S6) for further details.
J. Bown (NAU) 10 February 1989.

March-April 1995. Watching Brief.
Observation made during the installation of a new drainage system are now recorded under NHER 58593.
H. Hamilton (HES), 29 May 2015.

2001. Stray Find.
Finds recovered during repair work to the churchyard wall are now recorded under NHER 58593.
H. Hamilton (HES), 29 May 2015.

Monument Types

  • HEARTH (Undated)
  • CHURCH (Medieval to 21st Century - 1066 AD to 2100 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • INHUMATION (Medieval - 1066 AD? to 1539 AD?)
  • FINDSPOT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • INHUMATION (19th Century to Unknown - 1839 AD)
  • VAULT (19th Century to Unknown - 1839 AD)

Associated Finds

  • HUMAN REMAINS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • HUMAN REMAINS (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • WINDOW (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Article in Serial: Boileau, J. P. 1864. Returns of Church Goods in the Churches of the City of Norwich, 6 Edward VI. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol VI pp 360-378. pp 371-372.
---Monograph: Batcock, N. 1991. The Ruined and Disused Churches of Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology. No 51. Microfiche 5:G12. No N2; p 175.
---Monograph: Blomefield, F. 1806. The History of The City and County of Norwich, Part II. An Essay Towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk. Vol IV. pp 130-134.
---Publication: Cox, J. C. 1911. Country Churches: Norfolk. Vol II. p 173.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N. and Wilson, B. 1997. Norfolk 1: Norwich and North-East. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. pp 230-231.
---Publication: Messent, C. J. W. 1932. The City Churches of Norwich.
---Leaflet: Norwich Historic Churches Trust & HEART. All Saints, Westlegate..
---Documentary Source: Deeds Related to the Property of the Priory of Holy Trinity, Later the Dean and Chapter of Norwich Cathedral.
---Illustration: Palgrave, Miss. Unknown. All Saints Font, Norwich. Paper.
---Illustration: Stannard, J. 1813. All Saints, Norwich.
---Unpublished Document: Cattermole, P. 1984. All Saints Church Bells.
---Photograph: Various. Various shots of interior of All Saint's church, Norwich.
---Photograph: Unknown. Exterior of All Saint's church, Norwich.
---Illustration: Unknown artist. Unknown. All Saints, Norwich.
---Record Card: NCM Staff. 1973-1989. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card - Norwich.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Norwich - Post Roman.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Serial: Phipson, R.. 1866. The Builder. p.392. p 392.
<S2>Designation: Historic England. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1051797.
<S3>Unpublished Report: [Unknown]. 1983. All Saint's Timberhill [draft report]. Building Report.
<S4>Unpublished Document: [Unknown]. [unknown]. Miscellaneous notes on All Saints' church, Norwich.
<S5>Unpublished Document: Council for Places of Worship. 1984. Norwich All Saints (Norwich).
<S6>Unpublished Document: Bown, J. 1989. [Notes on watching brief at All Saints Church, Westlegate, Norwich].

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58593Parent of: Churchyard of All Saints' Church, Westlegate, Norwich (Monument)

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