Record Details

NHER Number:8600
Type of record:Building
Name:St Edmund's Church, Acle


A medieval church, dating mainly from the 14th century, but with a round tower dating from the 12th century. The building is thatched, with a 15th century font which has traces of the original paintwork, as well as a small model font, of around the same date, about 30cm high. The church was restored in the 19th century.


  • St Edmund's Church, Acle  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service


Grid Reference:TG 4012 1029
Map Sheet:TG41SW

Full description

Round tower, suggested as Late Saxon but more probably Norman.
13th century top.
Reassembled Norman doorway, otherwise church is Decorated 14th century with Perpendicular alterations and important 19th century restoration by R. M. Phipson and Ewan Christian (architects).
Good font of 1410 and model font of same date.
Decorated rood screen.
Purbeck marble coffin lid removed into church from graveyard 1984.
See (S1) and (S2).
E. Rose, (NAU) 6 December 1989.

19th century sewer discovered in churchyard.
Notes in file.
E. Rose (NLA), 13 December 2001.

June 2013.
New, thoroughly researched, guide to the church. See (S3).
S. Heywood (HES), 6 December 2013

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Medieval to 19th Century - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • COFFIN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FONT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PISCINA (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

---Publication: Cautley. [unknown]. 1.
---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1996. TG 4010H.
---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1996. TG 3910J - L.
---Documentary Source: Martin, T. c. 1700-1799. Collections of Church Notes. Norfolk Records Office.
---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 357-358.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2010. Town that used to be beside the sea. 2 February.
---Leaflet: The parish church of St Edmund, King and Martye, Acle..
---Monograph: Hart, S.. 2010. Medieval Church Window Tracery in England. p 97.
---Slide: Norfolk County Council. A slide of St Edmund's Church, Acle.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Late Saxon. Acle.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1987. [Photograph of St Edmund's Church, Acle]. 28 March.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1995-1996. [Articles on the restoration of the roof at St Edmund's Church, Acle].
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1372674.
<S2>Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. 1978. Building Report.. Building Report.
<S3>Unpublished Document: Rev'd Martin Greenland. 2013. The Parish Church of St Edmund, Acle.

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