Record Details

NHER Number:6169
Type of record:Building
Name:St Mary's Church, Wiveton


This church has a 14th century tower and chancel, but pieces of reused stonework suggest an earlier church. The nave, aisles and porches date to the mid to late 15th century but further restorations were carried out during the 17th-19th centuries. Inside there are some good monumental brasses and tomb slabs and the churchyard outside is maintained in fine condition.


  • St Mary's Church, Wiveton. Photograph from  © S. Knott


Grid Reference:TG 0435 4279
Map Sheet:TG04SW

Full description

Early 14th century tower and chancel, the latter with what may be the earliest Norfolk flushwork arcading. Evidence of an earlier church shown by reused stonework. Nave and aisles, porches and vestry of a cheme of works 1437-1490; the chancel was also raised and altered and a west window and battlements given to the tower.
Some 17th century alterations, 18th century repairs, 19th century restoration.
Good monumental brasses and tomb slabs. Fine churchyard.
See (S1).
E. Rose (NLA) 2 June 2000.

June 2004.
Tomb recess or Easter sepulchre exposed in chancel.
See (S2) in file.
E. Rose (NLA) 8 June 2004.

January 2007. Building Survey.
Recording of a recess in the north chancel wall. Chancel dates from the late 13th or early 14th century although reasonable to assume recess was formed in the wall in the late 14th century when the windows were inserted. The painted decoration can also, stylistically, be dated to the late 14th century.
It is possible that the recess forms a wall tomb which could also have served as an Easter Sepulchre, however it is not possible to say for certain without further investigation of the arched recess, which would involve removal of further infill material.
See report for further details (S3). The results of this work are also noted in (S4) and (S5).
J. Allen (NLA) 4 July 2007.

Monument Types

  • CHAPEL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CHURCH (Medieval to 21st Century - 1066 AD to 2100 AD)

Associated Finds

  • INSCRIBED OBJECT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building
  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1984. [Photograph of St Mary's Church, Wiveton]. 19 November.
---Aerial Photograph: TG0442 J,K.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1978. Brasses restored to Wiveton after facelift. 12 July.
---Aerial Photograph: TG 0442/ L.
---Monograph: Bryant, T. H. 1902. Hundred of Holt. The Churches of Norfolk. Vol IX. pp 169-176.
---Photograph: Rose, E.. 2004. KPQ.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N. and Wilson, B. 1997. Norfolk 1: Norwich and North-East. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. pp 728-729.
---Article in Serial: Ferrouset, K.. 1988. Ship graffiti in the churches of Blakeney Haven.. NARG News. No 51.
---Leaflet: Wiveton Church..
---Article in Serial: Hayden, A. 2007. Church and Other Organs. Glaven Historian. No 10 pp 3-9.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1991. Tiny congregation faces big task. 17 September.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Rose, E. 2000. Building Survey.
<S2>Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. 2004. Building Report.. Building Report.
<S3>Unpublished Contractor Report: Bartrum, B. 2007. Historic Building Record at St Mary's Church, Wiveton, Norfolk. NAU Archaeology. 1272.
<S4>Article in Serial: Gurney, D. (ed.). 2007. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk in 2006. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLV Pt II pp 261-273. p 272.
<S5>Article in Serial: Gurney, D. and Hoggett, R. (eds). 2008. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk in 2007. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLV Pt III pp 441-452. p 452.

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