Record Details

NHER Number:8303
Type of record:Building
Name:St Mary's Church, Tunstead


This large church has a Decorated style nave and a Perpendicular style chancel, with an early Perpendicular style west tower. It is situated some distance away from the present village, and is of flint with limestone dressings and a spectacular flushwork arcade in the south nave wall. Inside it has an unusual raised platform-reliquary at the east end, and retains a late 15th century rood screen and beam, and reredos.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 3086 2271
Map Sheet:TG32SW

Full description

Magnificent church, Decorated and Perpendicular style contemporary. Unusual raised platform-reliquary at east end.
For full details see secondary file and press cuttings.
E. Rose (NAU).

October 2006. Building recording.
Very large parish church, mid 14th century, situated some distance away from the present village of Tunstead. Flint with limestone dressings with a lead roof to the nave and copper to the chancel. Spectacular flushwork arcade on south nave wall.
See (S5).
J. Allen (NLA), 5 January 2007.

October 2008.
Roof fully restored following falling masonry.
See (S6)
H. White (NLA) 19 December 2008.

2006-2008. Dendrochronological Survey.
Twelve timber samples were taken from the nave roof. A smaple from the principle rafter and arch brace were found likely to have been cut from the same tree. All timbers remain undated.
See report (S7) for further details
H. White (NLA), 29 January 2009

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CHURCH (14th Century to 21st Century - 1350 AD to 2100 AD)

Associated Finds

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

---Aerial Photograph: TG3022A, B.
---Article in Serial: Fawcett, R. 1980. A Group of Churches by the Architect of Great Walsingham. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XXVII Pt III pp 292-294. p 277.
---Map: Bryant, A.. 1826. Bryant's Map of Norfolk.
---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 702-703; Pl 24, Pl 39.
---*Digital Archive: Heywood, S. 2006. Photographs.
---Monograph: Hart, S.. 2010. Medieval Church Window Tracery in England. pp 90, 100.
---Leaflet: A short guide to the Parish Church of St. Mary the Virgin Tunstead..
---Leaflet: fEILDEN & Mawson Architects. Tunstead Parish Church.
---Leaflet: Butler- Stoney, R. 2001. St Mary's church, Tunstead.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1997. Let's hear it for the belfry squad. 31 December.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N. 1962. North-East Norfolk and Norwich. The Buildings of England. 1st Edition. pp 334-335; Pl 23b, Pl 37b.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1988. Closure faces outstanding 'wool' church. 3 May.
<S2>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1988. Parish can save church (letter to the editor). 16 May.
<S3>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1988. [Articles and a letter to the editor regarding the potential closure of St Mary's Church, Tunstead].
<S4>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2006. Windfall to ease repair worries. 2 March.
<S5>Unpublished Document: Heywood, S. 2006. The Roofs of the Church of St Mary the Virgin.. October.
<S6>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2008. Bishop's blessing for new-look church. 10 October.
<S7>Monograph: Bridge, M. 2008. St Mary's Church, Tunstead, Norfolk. Tree-Ring Analysis of Timbers from the Nave Roof. Scientific Dating Report. English Heritage Research Department Report Series. 79-2008.

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