Record Details

NHER Number:7961
Type of record:Monument
Name:All Saints' Church, Thorpe Abbotts, Brockdish


This church consists of a 13th century nave and chancel and a 14th century round west tower with a 15th century top stage of flint and brick. The church is built of flint with stone dressings and has a tiled roof. A south porch was added in the 16th century, built with brick. Inside is an octagonal font, probably 15th century, with four lions against the stem, and a 15th century traceried screen.


  • All Saints' Church, Thorpe Abbotts.  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service


Grid Reference:TM 1876 7890
Map Sheet:TM17NE

Full description

Round tower (has Perpendicular top. E. Rose.). (S1) says probably pre Conquest, (S2) says 950 to 1100.
Blocked Early English lancet in chancel, rest 19th century. North door early 13th century south door early 14th century. Perpendicular south nave windows. Tudor south porch (brick). Perpendicular octagonal lion font.
Screen. Queen Anne style panelling in chancel.
Plate: chalice (London) 1608 - paten - Bread basket (S3). (S4) draws church porch; then wide, two light south west nave window; then to its east, two Decorated /Perpendicular windows with square hole or memorial between. South chancel has Perpendicular window then priest's door. 'Orate' brass.
E. Rose (NLA).

(S5) in file.

(S6) interprets nave as 11th century but tower as 14th, the nave being extended west and heightened to meet it. Part of his argument is based on the presence of bricks in the tower, the oldest brickwork in East Anglia being late 13th century. This is acceptable if he is using East Anglia in its traditional sense, although there are Norman bricks in Essex, e.g. Polstead.
E. Rose (NLA), 7 May 2004.

(S7) discusses a Norman date for the tower.
A. Beckham (HES), 18 January 2020.

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • CHURCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CHURCH (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • ROOD SCREEN (Undated)
  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FONT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Designation: Historic England. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1049636.
---Monograph: Bryant, T. H. 1899. Hundred of Earsham. The Churches of Norfolk. Vol III. pp 69-72.
---Article in Serial: Hart, S.. 2004. All Saints Thorpe Abbots.. Church Archaeology. Vol 5/6. pp 104-106.
---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. pp 725-726.
---Leaflet: All Saints Church, Thorpe Abbots..
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Late Saxon. Brockdish.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Publication: Cautley, H. M. 1949. Norfolk Churches. p 5.
<S2>Publication: Taylor, H. M. and Taylor, J. 1965. Anglo-Saxon Architecture.
<S3>Monograph: Pevsner, N. 1962. North-West and South Norfolk. The Buildings of England. 1st Edition. pp 349-350.
<S4>Documentary Source: Martin, T. c. 1700-1799. Collections of Church Notes. Norfolk Records Office. 1740.
<S5>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1990. Ex-pilot trackles old church lock. 3 July.
<S7>Unpublished Report: Atkin, M. 1983. Two Round Towered churches from Norwich. Publication article. p. 4.

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