Record Details

NHER Number:7111
Type of record:Monument
Name:Pudding Norton deserted village and church of St Margaret


The village of Pudding Norton was deserted during the reign of Elizabeth I, when the local landowner turned the occupants out to make way for grazing. Included in this site is the church of St Margaret, the ruins of which include Late Saxon or Late Saxon-Norman work. The remaining walls form the west tower and part of west end of the nave, which are constructed of flint with 12th century carstone quoins at the base of the tower, and later 13th century limestone quoins above. The west window of the tower dates to the 12th century with a deep splay, and a 13th century lancet inserted.


  • The ruins of the church at Pudding Norton  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service


Grid Reference:TF 9238 2777
Map Sheet:TF92NW

Full description

March 1959. Listed, Grade II.
Listing Description:
Ruins of the church of St Margaret. West tower and part of west end of the nave. Flint with 12th century carstone quoins to base of tower later 13th century limestone quoins above. Tower west window of 12th century with deep splay, 13th century lancet inserted.
Information from (S1).

Village destroyed late Elizabeth I. Church ruins include Late Saxon or Late Saxon-Norman work.
For full details, plans and photos see file.
E. Rose 17 March 1981.

Section 17 Management Agreement signed 15 March 1999 (5 years).
H. Paterson (NLA), 14 September 1999.

September 2000. Site visit.
Small area of poaching east of church. Letter to Cook, suggesting monitoring of situation, possible fencing and/or reseeding of natural regeneration does not occur.
H. Paterson (NLA), 2 October 2000.

Good grass cover. Previously eroded area now grassed over. Small area of cattle poaching adjacent to farm gate to northwest. Some mole activity.
H. Paterson (A&E), 20 June 2002.

June 2003.
Field to north cattle grazed, a few thistles. To south nettles and thistle topped and sprayed. Whole site now surrounded by new sheep fencing. No damage to church fabric. Field to north will be topped and sprayed when cattle come off. Owner says it is hoped to find a sheep grazier under the new stewardship agreement, but has not been successful to date.
H. Paterson (A&E), 18 June 2003.

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • CHURCH (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • BANK (EARTHWORK) (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CHURCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CHURCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DESERTED SETTLEMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DESERTED SETTLEMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • HOUSE PLATFORM (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MOAT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • TOFT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status

  • Scheduled Monument
  • Management Statement
  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: St. Joseph NNAC 1931 at NCM; TF9227 A onwards, ACE-ACW.
---Article in Monograph: Wade-Martins, P., Fenner, G. and Knight, J. 1982. Some Deserted Village Sites in Norfolk: II. Pudding Norton. Trowse, Horning, Deserted Medieval Villages. East Anglian Arch. No 14. pp 42-48. p 44.
---Designation: [unknown]. Ancient Monuments Form. SAM Record. DNF239.
---Monograph: Batcock, N. 1991. The Ruined and Disused Churches of Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology. No 51. Microfiche 5:G12. No 101; pp 52, 142-144.
---Monograph: Briggs, A.. 1979. Social History of England..
---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A.. 1995. TF9227/ADA - AND.
---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1995. TF9227/ACX - ACZ.
---Monograph: Bryant, T. H. 1900. Hundred of Gallow. The Churches of Norfolk. Vol VI. pp 77-82.
---Aerial Photograph: CUCAP. 1961. TF 9228M.
---Aerial Photograph: CUCAP. 1955. TF 9227ADP, ADR.
---Monograph: Cushion, B. and Davison, A. 2003. Earthworks of Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology. No 104. p 59.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TF 92 NW 5 [6].
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, B. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. p 591.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Medieval. Pudding Norton.
---Article in Serial: Wade-Martins, P. and Wade, K. 1967. Some Deserted Villages in Norfolk: Notes for Visitors. Norfolk Research Committee Bulletin. Series 1 No 17 pp 2-8. pp 2-5.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Slide: Various. Slide.
---Photograph: C3, 4, 38.
---Illustration: Unknown. Unknown. An architectural drawing of the window at Pudding Norton St Margaret.. Film. 1:40.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1995. Grant aid for tower rescue. 20 October.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Designation: Historic England. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1172198.

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