Record Details

NHER Number:8289
Type of record:Building
Name:St Swithin's Church, Ashmanhaugh


Saxon, Saxo-Norman or early Norman church that was extended and heightened by the end of the 12th century. The knapped flint round tower may also be 12th century although it was rebuilt in 1849. The church was restored in the 19th century.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 3145 2116
Map Sheet:TG32SW

Full description

Nave has quoins and eaves of old walls outlined in conglomerate, some blocks massive. Beyond to west are Norman doors and round tower (rebuilt 1849) and Norman window embrasures cut the former eaves, suggesting the IBC work is Late Saxon or Saxo-Norman. Nave windows and doors remodelled c.1300; chancel 14th century; porch 15th century.
Much 19th century restoration. Fittings include 16th century and earlier wood carvings and 16th century tomb. Possible demolished sacristy.
See (S1) in file.
E.Rose (NLA) 27 April 1998.

21 January 2004. Salvage record.
Base of rood stair discovered.
E. Rose (NLA), 27 January 2004.

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Late Saxon to 19th Century - 851 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PISCINA (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FONT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • Xbell frame (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TG3121A, B.
---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 361.
---Recording Form: Heywood, S. Norfolk County Council Site Visit Record - St Swithin's Church, Ashmanhaugh.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Miscellaneous. Ashmanhaugh.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. 1998. Building Report.. Building Report.

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