Record Details

NHER Number:8573
Type of record:Building
Name:Ruins of St Mary's Church, East Somerton


This medieval church is now ruinous, with only the roofless nave and tower surviving. Records suggest that it was probably last in regular use during the latter part of the 17th century.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 4808 1972
Map Sheet:TG41NE

Full description

Ruins. 15th century nave, ?13th century tower, no chancel.
For full details see report (S1) in file.
E. Rose (NAU), 28 October 1981.

Appropriate section from (S2) in file.

September 1962. Listed, Grade II.
Listing Description:
Ruins of parish church. Knapped flint with ashlar dressings, the flints of nave becoming whole. West tower and nave. Three stage tower, belfry stage now missing. Diagonal buttresses. Set-off at ringing chamber. West window represented by a hole. Pointed lancets to ringing chamber. Three very tall nave windows to north and south, between which are remains of stepped buttresses. No tracery in windows and two western bays have large holes made in walls. Chancel arch with roll and sunk hollow mouldings. No trace of chancel.
Information from (S4).

February 2006.
Marked on (S3) as in ruins.
Information from (S1).
Probably last in regular use in the late 17th century.
Information from (S2).
For further information see list description.
D. Robertson (NLA), 6 February 2006.

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • PISCINA (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TG 41 NE 1 [2].
---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 452-453.
---Photograph: 1990's. Photographs of the ruins of St Mary's Church, East Somerton. Black & white.
---Photograph: 1990. Photographs of the ruins of St Mary's Church, East Somerton. Colour.
---Photograph: 1991. Photographs of the ruins of St Mary's Church, East Somerton. Black & white.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Medieval. Somerton.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N. 1962. North-East Norfolk and Norwich. The Buildings of England. 1st Edition. p 124; Pl 4a.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. 1981. Building Report. Building Report.
<S2>Monograph: Batcock, N. 1991. The Ruined and Disused Churches of Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology. No 51. Microfiche 5:G12. No 56; p 51.
<S3>Publication: Faden, W. and Barringer, J. C. 1989. Faden's Map of Norfolk in 1797.
<S4>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1228005.

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MNO1470Related to: Ruins of Church of St. Mary EAST SOMERTON (Revoked)

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