Record Details

NHER Number:6771
Type of record:Building
Name:St Mary's Church, Roughton


A Late Saxon to medieval parish church with an 11th century round tower with double splayed windows with evidence of basketwork. The church shows signs of alterations throughout the medieval period, and in the 19th century. Inside is a 14th century octagonal font and fragments of medieval pottery have been found in the churchyard. In 1961 several burials were found underneath the 14th century north porch. The remains probably date to the Late Saxon or early medieval period.


  • St Mary's Church, Roughton  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service


Grid Reference:TG 2202 3652
Map Sheet:TG23NW

Full description

Originally All Saints'.
Late Saxon round tower, and basic structure of church.
Largely altered in Decorated period; windows mainly Perpendicular.
Fragments of basket work retrieved.

Burials found beneath 14th century porch.

Lava quern found.

Medieval sherd from builders' hole.
See brief notes in file.
(S1) in file.
A. Rogerson (NLA) 16 September 1996.

See (S2) in file.
D. Gurney (NLA), 24 April 2006.

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Late Saxon to 19th Century - 851 AD to 1900 AD)
  • INHUMATION (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • PARISH CHURCH (Late Saxon to 21st Century - 851 AD to 2100 AD)
  • ROUND TOWERED CHURCH (Late Saxon to Medieval - 851 AD to 1539 AD)
  • INHUMATION (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • BASKET (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • DOOR (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • QUERN (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • WINDOW (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • FONT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PISCINA (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)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1049531.
---Monograph: Bryant, T. H. 1900. Hundred of North Erpingham. Vol V. pp 76-84.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TG 23 NW 17.
---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 650.
---Correspondence: Sennitt, J.. 1995. Letters.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Late Saxon. Roughton.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1989. Bellringer's ambition fulfilled. 29 November.
<S2>Unpublished Document: Anonymous. Roughton, The Parish Church of Saint Mary the Virgin. A brief history of the church and parish..

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