Record Details

NHER Number:10396
Type of record:Building
Name:St Andrew's Church, Wickhampton


The church dates from around 1200. The nave was added around 1300 and the tower was added or rebuilt around 1400. There are three large 14th century wall paintings depicting 'the three living and the three dead', 'St Christopher' and the 'seven acts of mercy'. There are two late 13th century altar tombs of Sir William Gerbrygge and his wife that have given rise to a legend of two warring brothers.

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Grid Reference:TG 4273 0546
Map Sheet:TG40NW

Full description

St Andrew's Church, Wickhampton.
Tower called new in bequest of 1436. Two brasses, 1486 and 1488, restored to church about 1920. One really from Reedham.
See (S1).
Not yet visited.
Grade I. See (S2).
E. Rose (NAU), 11 December 1985.

Has wall paintings. Two stone recumbent effigies have given rise to legend of two warring brothers .
See (S3) in file.
E. Rose (NAU), 27 July 1987.

The tower is by the same mason as that of Broome. See (S4).
The church has a medieval iron ringplate of the Norwich workshop. See (S5).
E. Rose (NLA), 22 December 2000.

Dr J. Allen (Reading University) notes the presence of reused Roman stone similar to that of which Reedham church is built. He notes a few pieces in the nave.
E. Rose (NLA), 18 October 2001.

For the legend mentioned above, see (S6), which states that the effigy of Sir William Gerbygge and his lady held a heart shaped piece of stone 'until the last few'.
E. Rose (NLA), 24 March 2003.

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WALL PAINTING (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • ARCHITECTURAL FRAGMENT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Article in Serial: Manning, C. R. 1872. Wickhampton Church. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol VII pp 1-8.
---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 722-723.
---Leaflet: [Unknown]. [unknown]. The Church of St Andrew's, Wickhampton..
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2010. [Letter to the editor on the history of St Andrew's Church, Wickhampton]. 27 January.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2010. Discover the forgotten glory of our sacred spaces. 8 May.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Article in Serial: Greenwood, J. R. 1980. A Brass Fixed in the Wrong Norfolk Church. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XXXVII Pt III pp 314-315.
<S2>Designation: Historic England. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1304784.
<S3>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1987. [Article on the legend of St Andrew's Church, Wickhampton]. 25 July.
<S4>Monograph: Glyde, J.. 1872. The Norfolk Garland.. p 68.
<S5>Article in Monograph: Geddes, J. 1996. The Medieval Decorative Ironwork. Norwich Cathedral: Church, City and Diocese, 1096-1996. Atherton, I. et al (eds.). pp 431-442. p 435.
<S6>Article in Serial: Fawcett, R.. 1982. St Mary Wiveton.. Antiquaries Journal. Vol LXII. p 55.

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