Record Details

NHER Number:7665
Type of record:Building
Name:St Margaret's Church, Stratton Strawless


This church has Saxo-Norman origins, but is also notable for incorporating a great quantity of Roman tile in the 14th century chancel. The tower dates to the 15th century but has been subject to several alterations. Inside, one of the aisles contains the very important 17th century Marsham tombs. However, much of the interior was remodelled in the Gothick style in around 1830.

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Grid Reference:TG 2216 2076
Map Sheet:TG22SW

Full description

Church of Saxo-Norman origins, contains much Roman tile in 14th century chancel. 15th century tower and alterations.
Aisle contains very important 17th century Marsham tombs. Interior of church remodelled in Gothick style dating to around 1830 - important example.
See report (S1) and article (S2) in file. Letter (S3) with photographs (S4), various correspondence (S5), early 20th century articles (S6), further 2002 photographs (S7) and article on Marsham memorials (S8) in file. Briefs, agendas, minutes and specifications for tower repairs (S9), (S10), (S11), (S12) and (S13) also in file. Listed (S14).
See also (S16).
E. Rose (NLA), 4 December 2001.

2006. Building Survey.
Historic Building Recording during conservation work to the monuments in the south aisle. The monument to Thomas Marsham was dismantled revealing an opening to a previously unrecorded rood stair.
These discoveries also suggests that the Gothick interior is the result of the late 19th century restoration. Bone handled iron knife found within monument of c.1638.
See report (S15) for further details.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 14 May 2007. Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 2 March 2015.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • CHURCH (Medieval to 21st Century - 1066 AD to 2100 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Medieval to 19th Century - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • ROOF TILE (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FONT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PISCINA (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • KNIFE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • WINDOW (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building
  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Monograph: Bryant, T. H. 1905. Hundred of South Erpingham. The Churches of Norfolk. Vol XIV. pp 359-370.
---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. pp 679-680.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. 2001. Building Report.. Building Report.
<S2>Article in Serial: Powell, A. G. 1915. Stratton Strawless Parish Church. Stratton Strawless Parish Magazine.
<S3>Correspondence: Foreman, P., The Rectory, Hevingham. 1993. Letter to Mrs Wilson, NCM. 12 May.
<S4>Photograph: 1983. Head of a young male saint; Stained glass, Norwich School c. 1460 to 1480.
<S5>Correspondence: 2001/2. Various.
<S6>Unpublished Document: Powell, A.G.. 1902 to 1916. History of 'Our Parish' Stratton Strawless, written by A. E. Powell of The Beeches Farm, 1902 to 1916.
<S7>Photograph: 2002. St Margaret's Church Stratton Strawles, tower, Spring 2002.
<S8>Unpublished Document: 2003. The monument to Thomas Marsham (d. 1638); Stratton Strawless Church, Norfolk: Monuments report, May 2003. Page 7.
<S9>Unpublished Document: NMAS/NLA. 2001. Brief for St Margaret's Church, Stratton Strawless, Norfolk. 2 May.
<S10>Unpublished Document: Warns, N., Architect. 2001. Agenda for site meeting. November.
<S11>Unpublished Document: 2001. Tower Repairs 2001. Minutes of Site Meeting Number One.
<S12>Unpublished Document: 2002. Minutes of Site Meeting Number Two. January.
<S13>Unpublished Document: Warns, N. (Architect). 2001. Specification For Tower Repairs, St Margaret's Church, Stratton Strawless, Norfolk.
<S14>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England.
<S15>Unpublished Contractor Report: Carrington, D. 2006. Archaeological Recording at the Church of St Margaret, Stratton Strawless, Norfolk (TG 222 208). Skillington Workshop Ltd.
<S16>Article in Serial: Gurney, D. and Penn, K. (eds). 2002. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk, 2001. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLIV Pt I pp 162-177. p 176.

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