Record Details

NHER Number:8657
Type of record:Building
Name:SS Peter and Paul's Church, Runham


A medieval parish church with a 14th century nave and chancel and a late 15th to early 16th century west tower. The chancel was remodelled by Ewan Christian in the 19th century. The church became derelict during the 20th century until a programme of restoration began in the 1980s.


  • SS Peter and Paul's Church, Mautby, a medieval parish church  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service


Grid Reference:TG 4597 1082
Map Sheet:TG41SE

Full description

Reused Norman carved stone. Nave and chancel basically first half 14th century. Tower and north porch late 15th century/ early 16th century. Chancel remodelled by Ewan Christian in 19th century, pinnacles added to tower, roofs remade etc. Derelict and gutted; all furnishings except tablets removed.

October 1987.
Damaged in storm. Threatened with demolition, but proposed as museum.
See reports, photos and press cuttings in file.
E. Rose (NAU) 27 October 1987.

Under restoration.
E. Rose (NLA), 25 June 1990.

April 2004. Press article.
Christening planned for May 2004, the first in 50 years. Restoration work since 1987 has seen roof repairs, tower repointing and new windows. Floor repairs planned.
See (S3) for further details.
A. Yardy (HES), 23 November 2016.

January 2010.
The roof, stained glass windows and the floor have been fully restored. The walls are due to be replastered and lime washed.
See (S4) for further details,
H. White, (NLA), 22 April 2010

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CHURCH (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PISCINA (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)
  • 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: TG4510D, E.
---Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1050977.
---Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. 1987. Building Report.. Building Report.
---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 651.
---Unpublished Document: Council for the Care of Churches. 1987. Runham SS Peter and Paul, Norfolk.
---Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. 1987. Runham SS Peter and Paul: comments on CCC report.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1990. Vandals damage village church graves. 9 August.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1994. Aid eases threat to churches. 8 September.
---Monograph: Bryant, T. H. 1899. Hundreds of East and West Flegg. The Churches of Norfolk. Vol IV. pp 16-21.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2012. New lease of life for some mothers do 'av 'em church. 9 July.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Photograph: EDY 16-23.
<S1>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1987. New moves to rescue church ruin. 24 June.
<S2>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1987. Showbiz aid for church friends. 17 August.
<S3>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2004. Resurrection of the Broads 'cathedral'. 1 April.
<S4>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2010. End is in sight for church restoration. 1 January.

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