Record Details

NHER Number:5994
Type of record:Building
Name:St Andrew's Church, Illington, Wretham


This church has Norman origins, with a demolished south aisle perhaps dating to around 1300. The remainder of the building was refashioned and the tower was rebuilt in about 1420, still very much in the Decorated style. The interior features a complete set of early 19th century furnishings. The church was formerly derelict but was restored by the Norfolk Churches Trust in 2002. In 2004 contractors working in the nave of the church uncovered the remains of a medieval tiled floor.

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Grid Reference:TL 9481 8999
Map Sheet:TL98NW

Full description

July 1958. Listed, Grade II*.
Listing Description:
Parish church. Mostly early 15th century, restored 1887. West tower 3 storeys with set-off buttresses and flat stair turret on S.E. corner. Pierced ringing chamber ventilation panels. 2-light belfry windows and flushwork battlements. Nave and chancel windows much restored. 2 12th century interior splay windows to north and south. Large mullioned window blocks remain of south arcade opening. Perpendicular east and west windows. Interior has perpendicular chancel arch with wave mouldings and semi-octagonal piers. Nave roof of 4 bays with hammerbeams, collars and collar braces. 2 butt purlins. Some timbers renewed. Chancel roof of small hammerbeam posts supporting arched braces only. Principal rafters intact with four collar beams. All roof timbers extensively rebuilt using original material in 1887.
Information from (S1).

1 April 1992.
7 medieval unglazed body sherds recovered from bare soil in the churchyard from rabbit scrapes and holes, to the south of the church.
A. Rogerson (NLA) April 1992

April 2000. Bell and bellframe survey.
Three bells dating from 1577 were removed from the tower in 1985. The bell frame is designed for three bells, and the tall king posts and curved braces suggest that it may be contemporary with the early 15th century tower.
See (S2) for further details,
H. White, (NLA), 29 September 2009

Church of Norman origins; demolished south aisle perhaps of around 1300. Remainder refashioned and tower rebuilt in about 1420 still very much in Decorated style. Complete set of early 19th century furnishings. Formerly derelict, restored by Norfolk Churches Trust in 2002.
Medieval sherds from yard.
See report in file and copy of (S3).
E. Rose (NLA) 21 January 2002.

February 2004.
Contractors working in nave of church found remains of a medieval tiled floor and 19th century sleeper walls packed on roofing tiles. Samples salvaged from spoil, now NCM.
See report in file.
E. Rose (NLA) 6 February 2004

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Medieval to 19th Century - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • BRICK (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FLOOR TILE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FONT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FONT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • ROOF TILE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • WINDOW (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TL9489 D-Q.
---Serial: Blomefield, F. 1805. An Essay Towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk. Vol I.
---Photograph: Rose, E.. 2002. KBJ 34-35.
---Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. 2004. Addition to church report.
---Photograph: Rose, E.. 2004. KPB.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, W. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. p 447.
---Leaflet: Saint Andrew's Church, Illington..
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1997. Restored church enters new era. 26 May.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1170666.
<S2>Unpublished Document: Cattermole, P.. 2000. Inventory of church bells and bell-frames in Norfolk.
<S3>Monograph: Batcock, N. 1991. The Ruined and Disused Churches of Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology. No 51. Microfiche 5:G12. No 19; p 50.

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