Record Details

NHER Number:9692
Type of record:Building
Name:Ruins of St Andrew's Church, Whitlingham


Set on a ridge above the river, this ruined church once consisted of a round west tower, probably of Norman date, and a 14th and 15th century nave, chancel and south porch. After being abandoned in the mid 17th century the building fell into disrepair, only the tower surviving to any great height. This fell in 1940 and the east wall of the chancel was demolished in 1997 after being deemed unsafe. Today only fragments of the church survive.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 2739 0786
Map Sheet:TG20NE

Full description

Ruins of church. Late Saxon site. Round tower (which fell in 1940) probably Saxo-Norman.
Possibility of later Norman work. Otherwise nave Early English and chancel late Perpendicular. Abandoned mid 17th century. Ruins restored as park ornament 19th century.
1806. coffin slab found.
1865. post medieval bookplate found.
1995. medieval sherds.
See detailed description (S1), extract from (S2), press cuttings (S3) to (S4), correspondence (S5) to (S7), photographs (S8) and (S9) and copies of early sources and illustrations (S10) to (S17) in file. (S18).
E. Rose (NLA), 18 November 1994.

4 October 1997. East wall of chancel demolished.

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds

  • WINDOW (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • COFFIN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PISCINA (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BOOK FITTING (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • WINDOW (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Monograph: Bryant, T. H. 1901. Hundred of Henstead. The Churches of Norfolk. Vol VII. pp 118-121.
---Map: Bryant, A.. 1826. Bryant's Map of Norfolk.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TG 20 NE 16.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, W. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. pp 775-776.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Medieval. Kirby Bedon.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. 1994. 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 85; p 52.
<S3>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1989. Cautionary tale of art purchase. 13 November.
<S4>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1997. [Articles over the ownership of the Ruins of St Andrew's Church, Whitlingham].
<S5>Correspondence: South Norfolk District Council. 1997. Press Release. 3 October.
<S6>Unpublished Document: 1996. NAU Method statement. Norfolk Archaeological Unit. 3 September.
<S7>Correspondence: Government Office for Eastern Region. 1998. Application for Listed Building Consent. 3 September.
<S8>Photograph: HAW 22-29.
<S9>Photograph: 017/98/0107/LB.
<S10>Serial: Messent, C.. 1937. East Anglian Magazine..
<S11>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1940. Whitlingham Communion Cup Restored. [unknown].
<S12>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1894. Figures on Whitlingham Church Tower (letter to the editor). 28 August.
<S13>Publication: 1819. The Norfolk Tour.
<S14>Monograph: Bryant, J.. 1900. Norfolk Churches..
<S15>Photograph: Ladbrooke. c1830. Print of St Andrew', Whitlingham..
<S16>Photograph: Barnes of Great Yarmouth. 1826. Print of St Andrew', Whitlingham..
<S17>Illustration: Vincent, G.. 1830. Painting of St Andrew's, Whitlingham.
<S18>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England.

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