Record Details

NHER Number:6570
Type of record:Monument
Name:Ruins of All Saints' Church, West Beckham


The remains of a medieval church, in ruins by 1602. The west tower fell in 1783 and the whole building was demolished in 1890, when much of its masonry was incorporated into the new church of St Helen's and All Saints' Church (NHER 6571). Only the outline of the nave, chancel and south porch can be made out. The surrounding churchyard remains in use and has a number of fine 18th century headstones.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 1464 3915
Map Sheet:TG13NW

Full description

Ruinous by 1602.
Demolished 1890.
Early English.
Foundations visible - flint, with brick chancel.
South porch with parvis and wooden turret.
Also niche, round tower with octagonal belfry fell in 1783 and was replaced by a round-headed window.
Had royal arms of George I painted over James I.
18th century tomb stones.
Stone went to build new church together with that from East Beckham. Listed (S1).
E. Rose (NAU).

Foundation outline visible on the ground.
The main church appears to be of flint nodules and the chancel of brick.
Information from Ordnance Survey Records.
R.J. Rickett (NLA), 22 May 1990.

Appropriate section from reference (S2) in file.

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Monograph: Bryant, T. H. 1905. Hundred of South Erpingham. The Churches of Norfolk. Vol XIV. pp 73-74.
---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1996. TG 1439C - G.
---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1996. TG 1439L - T.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TG 13 NW 4 [2].
---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. p 714.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Medieval. Beckham (West).
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1172030.
<S2>Monograph: Batcock, N. 1991. The Ruined and Disused Churches of Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology. No 51. Microfiche 5:G12. No 113; p 53.

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