Record Details

NHER Number:3309
Type of record:Building
Name:St Lawrence's Church, Castle Rising


This is an excellent example of a Norman church. The building is basically Norman throughout, although it seems to have been constructed at two periods. It consisted of a nave, central tower and chancel. There was important remodelling of the church in the 13th century in Early English style, including the ornate east window in the chancel that still survives. There was also restoration of the church in the 19th century.


  • The Norman doorway into St Lawrence's Church, Castle Rising.  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service
  • St Lawrence's Church, Castle Rising.  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service


Grid Reference:TF 6662 2486
Map Sheet:TF62SE

Full description

St Lawrence's church.
Exceptionally important Norman parish church; 11th century font bought from older church (site NHER 3307). Norman work probably of two periods. Important Early English remodelling. Two major 19th century restorations. It is now believed parts of this church in fact predate the church in the castle which is seen as a chapel of ease.
See (S1) in file.
E. Rose (NLA), 17 December 1997.

1986. Observation of trenches.
Observation by A. Rogerson (NLA) of trenches.
E. Rose (NAU), 31 January 1990.

2011. The fabric includes large blocks of 'silver carr', the grey stone thought to have been quarried in the Castle Rising / North Wootton area and as used at Brancaster Roman fort, Reedham church etc. See NHER 56217.
D. Gurney (HES), 27 April 2011.

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TF 6642A/ABF.
---Article in Serial: Cozens-Hardy B. 1934. Norfolk Crosses. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XXV Pt II pp 297-336. p 304; Pl 3.
---Monograph: Bowman, H.. 1846. Specimens of Ancient Ecclesiastical Architecture, with Views, Plans, Details.. p 2.
---Publication: Clapham. 1934. [unknown]. Vol II, p 108.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Monograph: Gurney, D.. 1997. Castle Rising Castle.. East Anglian Archaeology. Vol 81.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, W. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. pp 252-254; Pl 8.
---Leaflet: 1975. Castle Rising Church.
---Monograph: Castle Rising History Group. 2010. The Ancient Borough of Castle Rising: from prehistory to the present day..
---Monograph: Hart, S.. 2010. Medieval Church Window Tracery in England. p 38.
---Leaflet: Castle Rising Church.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Medieval. Castle Rising.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1985. [Photograph of St Lawrence's Church, Castle Rising through its lynch gate]. 5 January.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. 1997. Building Report. Building Report.

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