Record Details

NHER Number:8491
Type of record:Building
Name:St Protase's and St Gervase's Church, Little Plumstead


A parish church, with a dedication unique in England to the Saints of St Protase and St Gervase. The church has a Norman round tower, nave and other Norman architectural details. The base of the tower may date to the Late Saxon period. Parts of the fabric of the building were renewed in the 17th century, and the church was extensively restored in the 19th century.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 3074 1086
Map Sheet:TG31SW

Full description

A unique dedication in Britain.
According to (S1), (S2) claims the round tower has 2 small circular double splayed openings, and probably contains pre Conquest material. However there is only one circular opening, to west, which inside becomes triangular. Above it is a narrow lancet. The top of the tower has been renewed, including bell openings. Tower arch is pointed. (S3) calls tower Norman, but base with window opening could be Late Saxon. Nave north wall rebuilt in 17th century brick, containing a reset small stone window, possibly Norman. Further west is jumble of stone lumps, brick and flint with top of stone arch at lower level than windows, remains of rood turret?, but wide for this. North door is Norman inside, small and pointed outside and blocked. South door has Norman hoodmould above. South porch has double round headed lancets, blocked on north but renewed on both sides, and entrance arch of brick; whole thing probably 17th century. All nave and chancel windows 19th century. Fine brass of 1565. Very large early 19th century monument. Several hatchments. 19th century plaques including communion plaque on east wall (unusual). Medieval brass plaque on ledger stone. 18th century baluster font outside south door, old stained glass. Chalice, Norwich 1567; paten cover.
Visited by E. Rose (NAU) 22 February 1978.

In 1830 painted panels, possible from a rood screen were found bricked up in wall and sent to Blicking Hall, see (S4).
E. Rose (NAU)

(S5) Funriaser held for St Grevase and St Protase Church to raise money in order to build extension and community facilities.
M. Langham-Lopez (HES), 13 August 2012.

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds

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

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TG3010A-C.
---Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1051528.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N. and Wilson, B. 1997. Norfolk 1: Norwich and North-East. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. pp 588-589.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Late Saxon. Plumstead (Great and Little).
<S1>Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
<S2>Publication: Cox, J. C. 1911. Country Churches: Norfolk. Vol II.
<S3>Monograph: Pevsner, N. 1962. North-East Norfolk and Norwich. The Buildings of England. 1st Edition. pp 184-185.
<S4>Article in Serial: Plunkett, G. A. F. 1979. Norfolk Church Screens - 1865 Survey. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XXXVII Pt II pp 178-189. p 185.
<S5>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2012. Church gets ready for new extension. 18 August.

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