Record Details

NHER Number:4053
Type of record:Building
Name:All Saints' Church, Newton by Castle Acre


A Late Saxon parish church, with a central square tower dividing the nave and chancel. The church has a pair of blocked 11th century loop windows with arched carstone lintels, a double splayed window and an original triangular-headed doorway in the tower. Most of the present windows and doors date from the 14th century. Fragments of Late Saxon and medieval pottery have been found in the churchyard, see NHER 59886.

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Grid Reference:TF 8306 1550
Map Sheet:TF81NW

Full description


Square axial tower about 1050 to 1066, cruciform plan, noted by (S1) and (S2) classify as C3 (1050-1100).
(S3) says pre-Conquest. The inside arches are 1.5m (5') wide and 2.9m (9'8") to springing.
Ironbound conglomerate used.
Roman bricks claimed in tower by (S4) and (S5), according to R.R. Clarke (NCM), but he later stated they were not Roman.
(S6) also notes 'later' windows and gives plate as Chalice and paten 1567 or 1574; paten 1705.
Tom Martin, about 1740, draws a ?Perpendicular? east window, central capped tower with paired bell openings east and south, lancet below on south, mark of a ?missing transept, small south porch with large ?blocked window above.
E. Rose (NAU) 18 March 1981, not yet visited.

Portion of nave screen, Perpendicular, destroyed pre 1865.
E. Rose (NAU).

Listed grade I, see (S7).
E. Rose 2 December 1985.

Aerial photograph list in file.

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Late Saxon to 19th Century - 851 AD to 1900 AD)
  • PARISH CHURCH (Late Saxon to Medieval - 851 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CHURCH (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • BRICK (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TF8315A-F, J, S-T.
---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1996. TF 8215E - F.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TF 81 NW 18.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Unpublished Document: 1983. Guide to the Church of St Mary and All Saints, Newton..
---Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, W. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. p 562.
---Unpublished Document: Randall, G.. 2009. Newton-by-Castle Acre, Great Dunham and Oxnead churches: camparing the plans.. December.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Late Saxon. Newton By Castle Acre.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Slide: Various. Slide.
---Monograph: Bryant, T. H. 1903. Hundred of South Greenhoe. The Churches of Norfolk. Vol XII. pp 185-190.
<S1>Monograph: Brown, G. B. 1903. Anglo-Saxon Architecture. The Arts in Early England. Vol II. pp 225, 346, 473.
<S2>Monograph: Taylor, H.M. and Taylor, J.. 1978. Anglo Saxon Architecture..
<S3>Publication: Cautley, H. M. 1949. Norfolk Churches. p 224.
<S4>Article in Serial: 1933. Proceedings of the Congress. Journal of the British Archaeological Association. Second Series Vol XL. p 54.
<S5>Newspaper Article: Eastern Evening News. [unknown].
<S6>Monograph: Pevsner, N. 1962. North-West and South Norfolk. The Buildings of England. 1st Edition. p 269.
<S7>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1077266.

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