Record Details

NHER Number:6710
Type of record:Building
Name:St Margaret's Church, Wolterton


The round tower of St Margaret’s Church is substantially all that remains of the village of Wolterton which stood to the north of this site. The church was mentioned in the Domesday Book, and it has been suggested that the round tower is of Late Saxon date and was refaced in brick during the 14th century. The church saw its last use during the 18th century, and was marked as a ruin by Faden on his 1797 map. The reason for its abandonment relates to the shrinking of Wolterton village and the consolidation of the church to Wickmere in 1737 (although some services remained in St Margaret’s Church for a short period thereafter).

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Grid Reference:TG 1635 3205
Map Sheet:TG13SE

Full description

Round tower alone survives; possibly 12th century, recased and extended 15th century.
For full details and photographs (S1-S4) see secondary file.
Appropriate section from reference (S5) in file.
E. Rose (NAU) 14 May 1980.

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Late Saxon to 18th Century - 851 AD to 1780 AD)

Associated Finds

  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building
  • Scheduled Monument

Sources and further reading

---Article in Serial: Allison, K. J. 1955. The Lost Villages of Norfolk. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XXXI pp 116-162. p 141.
---Monograph: Watkin, A. 1947-8. Archdeaconry of Norwich: Inventory of Church Goods, temp. Edward III (Parts I and II). Norfolk Record Society Publications. XIX.
---Designation: [unknown]. Ancient Monuments Form. SAM Record. DNF263.
---Serial: Blomefield, F.. 1805-1810. An Essay Towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk.. Volume Unknown.
---Monograph: Bryant, T. H. 1905. Hundred of South Erpingham. The Churches of Norfolk. Vol XIV. pp 402-410.
---Map: Bryant, A.. 1826. Bryant's Map of Norfolk.
---Designation: Corbishley, M.J.. 1983. AM107.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TG 13 SE 5 [3].
---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 732.
---Monograph: Cromwell, T.. 1818. Excursions through Norfolk.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Medieval. Wickmere.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
---Designation: English Heritage. 1990-2013. English Heritage Listing Notification. Notification. DNF263.
<S1>Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1995. TG 1631AG - AS.
<S2>Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1994. TG 1631AD - AF.
<S3>Aerial Photograph: TG1632 A,B,C,D,E.
<S4>Photograph: BPE13a-14a.
<S5>Monograph: Batcock, N. 1991. The Ruined and Disused Churches of Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology. No 51. Microfiche 5:G12. No 109; p 52.

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