Record Details

NHER Number:3201
Type of record:Building
Name:St Margaret's Church, Saxlingham


This 15th century church has extensive 19th century restorations. It comprises a tower, nave, transepts and chancel. The tower, which may once have supported a steeple, was restored in 1888. The rest of church was restored in 1896. Between 1593 and the late 18th century the Heydon family tomb entirely filled the chancel; very little of it survives.

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Grid Reference:TG 0261 3960
Map Sheet:TG03NW

Full description

Church, 15th and 19th centuries.
For full report (S1) in file for details.
E. Rose (NAU).

November 2005.
Tower, nave, transepts and chancel. Tower heavily restored in 1888, rest of church restored in 1896.
Tower could be Decorated or Perpendicular. Record of steeple falling during 17th century in (S2). Nave Perpendicular, almost completely renewed. From 1593 to late 18th century chancel entirely filled by Heydon tomb - very little of this survives. In 18th centruy tomb was a tall pyramid, with a flaming urn at the top and a figure in a recess at the base, recorded in (S3).
Information from (S1).
Heydon tomb was removed about 1789. See (S4).
Flint with stone and brick dressings. Lead roofs. Tower has diagonal buttresses.
Information from (S5).
D. Robertson (NLA), 25 November 2005.

Before 9 November 2005. Casual find while grave digging.
Middle Saxon pottery sherd.
See description in file.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 14 December 2005.

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds

  • POT (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Serial: Blomefield, F.. 1805-1810. An Essay Towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk.. Volume Unknown.
---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 656-657.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Rose, E. (NAU). 1979. Building Report. Building Report.
<S2>Monograph: Bryant, T. H. 1902. Hundred of Holt. The Churches of Norfolk. Vol IX. pp 134-139.
<S3>Documentary Source: Martin, T. c. 1700-1799. Collections of Church Notes. Norfolk Records Office.
<S4>Monograph: Spencer, N.. 1977. Sculptured Monuments in Norfolk Churches..
<S5>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1049795.

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