Record Details

NHER Number:10861
Type of record:Building
Name:St Mary's Church, Banham


A medieval parish church, dating mainly from the 14th century, with 19th century alterations. There is an original medieval painted wooden tomb.

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Grid Reference:TM 0634 8822
Map Sheet:TM08NE

Full description

2 brasses, one of 1518, were lost in Blomefield's time, but are now replaced. They are to Prioresses of Thetford. See (S1).

(S2) in 1772 noted an altar tomb of 1685 by the door. At the west end of the nave a fine medieval painted tomb 'very poor now'. Two good parclose screens; fine tomb effigy in north aisle with an almost identical one in wood. He stated that the rector had the brasses all the time.
E. Rose, (NAU) 1982.

There are four pre Reformation bells in a good frame. The fifth was recast as two in the 18th century with an amusing inscription. See [1].
E. Rose, (NAU) 30 January 1986.

See (S3) for detail of painting of wooden effigy, and other references.
E. Rose (NAU) 3 March 1986.

Listed Grade I, see (S4).

Statement of Significance in file, see (S5).
E. Rose (NLA), 11 November 2003.

November 2003.
DAC report that the organ and screen are believed to be by Thomas Jeckyll, 1857-8.
There is a sketch in NRO (details not given).
E. Rose (NLA), 2 December 2003.

(S6) notes that the windows were reglazed in 1643 and 1644, presumably after iconoclastic damage.
E. Rose (NLA), 1 October 2005.

August 2008.
weathervane reguilded.
See (S7)
H. White (NLA) 15 December 2008

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds

  • Xbell frame (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TM 0688A-B.
---Monograph: Bryant, T. H. 1901. Hundred of Guiltcross. The Churches of Norfolk. Vol VIII. pp 1-11.
---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 190-191.
---Leaflet: Brian Turner. St. Mary the Virgin, Banham..
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2012. Rescue operation swings into action to save window. 30 May.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Medieval. Banham.
<S1>Serial: Blomefield, F. 1805. An Essay Towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk. Vol I.
<S2>Documentary Source: Martin, T. c. 1700-1799. Collections of Church Notes. Norfolk Records Office. 1772.
<S3>Article in Serial: 1985. [unknown]. Journal of the Church Monuments Society. Vol I, 17.
<S4>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England.
<S5>Unpublished Document: Unknown. 2003. Statement of Significance.
<S6>Monograph: Cooper, T.. 2001. The journal of William Dowsing: iconoclasm in East Anglia during the English Civil War.. p 109.
<S7>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2008. Vane shines out again from its inspiring home. 15 August.

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