Record Details

NHER Number:7745
Type of record:Building
Name:St John the Baptist's Church, Alderford


A church of Norman origins, present appearance mainly 14th century, with a mixture of later window styles and dates. The carved octagonal font has traces of original medieval paint.


  • St John the Baptist's Church, Alderford.  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service


Grid Reference:TG 1237 1878
Map Sheet:TG11NW

Full description

Church of Norman origins as shown by the conglomerate east quoins. Present appearance including tower is of thee early 14th century; porch and one window later 14th. Major renovation in late 15th-early 16th century, probably following one earlier in the 15th, provided two styles of Perpendicular windows. Roof probably 17th/18th. North aisle demolished in early 19th century. Vestry 1925.
Font, probably of 1518, important example.
(S1) in file.
E. Rose (NLA), 16 August 2006.

For the ornate ironwork see (S2) which considers it too rustic to be of the Norwich workshop.
E. Rose (NLA) 5 January 2001.

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds

  • FONT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PISCINA (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (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

---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1980. Change of Season. 10 September.
---Designation: Historic England. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1076888.
---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 360.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. 2006. Building Report.. Building Report.
<S2>Article in Monograph: Geddes, J. 1996. The Medieval Decorative Ironwork. Norwich Cathedral: Church, City and Diocese, 1096-1996. Atherton, I. et al (eds.). pp 431-442. p 435.

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