Record Details

NHER Number:8655
Type of record:Building
Name:St Mary's Church, Thrigby


An early 14th century parish church with some reused Norman stonework. The church has important 18th century wooden tracery in the windows which were restored in the 19th century. Extensive medieval wall paintings were visible in the chancel during the 19th century, but they have since disappeared. In 2003 subsidence in the churchyard revealed the entrance to a brick barrel-vaulted burial chamber. The chamber contained several late 18th and early 19th century coffins, as well as a complete skeleton that was found between the wall and one of the coffins.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 4605 1239
Map Sheet:TG41SE

Full description

St Mary's Church includes some reused Norman material. Apart from this the oldest fabric visible dates from the early 14th century. The main south door is a very good example of Early English style evolving into the Decorated style. The north doorway is also Decorated. The base of the tower appears to be 14th century, with a Perpendicular top added following a bequest in 1448.
An interesting feature of this church are the windows of timber and brick. Pevsner dates these to 1896, but this is more likely to be the date at which they were restored, having been constructed in the early 19th century.
See (S1) for further details.
E. Rose (NLA), 15 July 2003.

2003. Burial vault discovered in churchyard.
See file for further details, as well as notes on wallpaintings which were visible in the 19th century.
E. Rose (NLA), 12 June 2003.

July 2003.
Vault and burials recorded, then resealed.
See (S1) in file.
See also (S2).
E. Rose (NLA), 15 July 2003.

June 2008. Watching Brief.
Monitoring of excavation of new drainage trenches to north and south of the church.
From Context 1.
Details to come.
A. Cattermole (NLA), 18 June 2008.

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Medieval to 21st Century - 1300 AD to 2100 AD)
  • BURIAL VAULT (18th Century to 19th Century - 1779 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TG4612B.
---Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1152375.
---Photograph: Rose, E. (NLA). 2003. KJB 32-35.
---Photograph: Rose, E. & Wicks, D. (NLA). 2003. KKX (whole film).
---Photograph: Rose, E.. 2004. KKX.
---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 694.
---Correspondence: Various. 2003. Letters and Emails.
---Leaflet: Thrigby, A short Guide..
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. 2003. Building Report.. Building Report.
<S2>Article in Serial: Gurney, D. and Penn, K. 2004. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk 2003. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLIV Pt III pp 573-588. p 581.

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