Record Details

NHER Number:10335
Type of record:Building
Name:St Mary's Church, Ashby St Mary


A medieval parish church dating mainly from the 13th century, but a Norman nave with an important Romanesque south doorway with several orders of carved decoration. In the churchyard there are two unusual late 19th-century headstones depicting flocks of geese and turkeys.


  • No image caption available  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service
  • An unusual 19th century headstone in the churchyard of St Mary's, Ashby St Mary  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service


Grid Reference:TG 32928 02234
Map Sheet:TG30SW

Full description

Conglomerate quoins to nave west, and fossil east in south wall. Fine Norman south door, one Norman window. Chancel about 1200. Tower and several windows 15th century. South porch 16th century. Wagon ceiling, buttresses 1834. Several good items of 17th century woodwork. Unusual font - date? Listed Grade II*.
See (S1) and (S2). Illustration in file.
E. Rose, (NAU) 7 July 1988.

Present chancel is certainly Early English but perhaps not as early as 1200. Alterations of the 17th century and 18th century are apparent. There was clearly a later 19th century restoration as well as 1834. See (S3).
E. Rose (NLA), 15 February 2003.

February 2005. Found during building work.
Medieval floor tiles. Details in file.
E. Rose (NLA), 8 February 2005.

See (S4) for further details and photographs of the unusual gravestones.
H. White (NLA), 14 May 2009

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • CHURCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CHURCH (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • FONT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • ARCHITECTURAL FRAGMENT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • ARCHITECTURAL FRAGMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FLOOR TILE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PISCINA (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • GRAVESTONE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • WINDOW (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1050660.
---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. p 181.
---Leaflet: Stedman, M. et al. 1978. Eleven Churches - A Guide to the Bramerton Group, Norfolk. Norwich Printing Services. pp 10-15.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1994. Tower 'unsafe' after strike. 2 August.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. Building Report.. Building Report.
<S2>Photograph: EGM 10-11 (tombstones).
<S3>Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. 2003. Building Report.. Building Report.
<S4>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. Stories in the gravestones.

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