Record Details

NHER Number:7296
Type of record:Building
Name:SS Peter and Paul's Church, Wendling


The earliest features of this church are Norman in date and include an impressive carved stone head set above the south doorway. The chancel is in the Decorated style but the nave is in the Perpendicular style, although some of the windows do retain Decorated features. The Perpendicular tower has flint flushwork and has several gargoyles. Inside, there are 17th century floor tombs and the Royal Arms of George III. John Goddyng of Lynn made the church bell in 1450.


  • St Peter's and St Paul's Church, Wendling. Photograph from  © S. Knott


Grid Reference:TF 9313 1313
Map Sheet:TF91SW

Full description

Decorated chancel with priest's door with foliate corbels. Southeast window lowered to form sedilia, with petalled piscina in raised portion of base, not separate. No north windows in chancel. Perpendicular nave (though windows still contain Decorated elements) and south chapel. Chancel and chapel arches are slightly ogee, latter does not have pilasters. Perpendicular tower with flushwork and transomed west window, and newel stair with cusped hole to nave. Multi-chamfered tower arch. Gargoyles. Norman stone head reset over south door in porch. North door has hoodmould partly covered by a buttress. Lower rood stair. Badly carved octagonal font. Some old woodwork in some stalls.
(S1) claims parts of the screen are original but if so they are hard to find.
17th century floor tombs. Fragment of old stone pilaster on window sill. Royal arms George III 1824, in very poor condition. Roof 19th century but northeast corbel could be old.
Chancel windows have Victorian stained glass more suited to a suburban front door, also a mosaic reredos.
Chalice and paten (Norwich) 1567.
Church is in extremely bad condition but vicar says roof has been repaired and restoration is to start soon.
Visited by E. Rose (NAU) 7 October 1976.

Bequest to make a font cover 'like Beeston' in 1536.
E. Rose (NAU).

Bell by John Goddyng of Lynn 1450.
Information from P. Cattermole.
E. Rose (NAU) 30 January 1986.

Aerial photograph list in file.

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CHURCH (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FONT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PISCINA (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • ROOD SCREEN (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

---Aerial Photograph: TF9313A-G.
---Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1077339.
---Monograph: Bryant, T. H. 1903. Hundred of Launditch. The Churches of Norfolk. pp 248-259.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, W. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. p 758.
---Leaflet: Church of St Peter and St Paul, Wendling..
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Slide: Various. Slide.
---Photograph: AS24-5.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1993. Window restored. 30 June.
<S1>Monograph: Pevsner, N. 1962. North-West and South Norfolk. The Buildings of England. 1st Edition. p 370.

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