Record Details

NHER Number:4594
Type of record:Building
Name:St George's Church, Gooderstone

Summary

This church has a Norman tower base and north wall. The chancel dates to the 13th century whilst the south aisle, arcade, chancel and tower arch are late 14th century or perhaps 15th century. There is a rood screen with painted panels and a fine set of medieval benches. Excavation beneath the organ in 2001 suggests the area was restored and rearranged in the 19th century. Medieval and post medieval bricks and tiles were found.

Images

  • Left hand panel of rood screen  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service
  • Interior, St. George's Parish Church  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service
  • Right hand panel of rood screen  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service
  • St George's Parish Church, Gooderstone  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service

Location

Grid Reference:TF 7625 0213
Map Sheet:TF70SE
Parish:GOODERSTONE, BRECKLAND, NORFOLK

Full description

St George's Church.
Norman tower base and north wall, with reused fragments elsewhere. Chancel 13th century. South aisle, arcade, chancel and tower arch late 14th century or perhaps 15th century, perhaps going with clerestory, fine nave roof and north windows, or these may be later 15th century. Top of tower perhaps 16th/17th if not 14th; roof suggested as reconstructed in 17th century. Good painted rood screen; fine set of medieval benches; altar slab. Unusual chancel sedilia and very good aisle piscina. Fragment of possible cross in yard.
See (S1).
E. Rose (NAU), December 1986.

May 2001.
Further investigation suggests top of tower and chancel southeast window are around 1300. South aisle probably slightly earlier than chancel arch. Excavation for new organ base produced evidence for 19th century reordering, also medieval and post medieval bricks and tiles.
E. Rose (NLA), 21 May 2001.

This is one of the sixty five Norfolk churches selected for (S2).
D. Gurney (NLA), 17 February 2006.

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds

  • BRICK (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FLOOR TILE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • ROOD SCREEN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • ROOF TILE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TF7602 D.
---Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England.
---Illustration: Various. Various. Architectural plans.
---Photograph: Rose, E. (NLA). 2001. JXT 1 to 4. Excavations beneath organ, Gooderstone Church..
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Unpublished Document: Codling, C.. 2000. Letter. Re Gooderstone Church, Norfolk.. 20 November.
---Unpublished Document: Rose, E. (NLA). 2000. Letter. Gooderstone Church.. 21 November.
---Unpublished Document: Rose, E. (NLA). 2001. Letter. Gooderstone Church.. 30 May.
---Newspaper Article: Lynn News. 1996. Crooked dealers behind raid on church?. 22 November.
---Photograph: Rose, E. (NLA). 2006. LQS. 24-25.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, W. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. pp 361-362.
---Leaflet: St George's Church, Gooderstone..
---Leaflet: A guide to the churches and villages of the Hilborough group of parishes, Norfolk..
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Monograph: Bryant, T. H. 1903. Hundred of South Greenhoe. The Churches of Norfolk. Vol XII. pp 97-102.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. 1986. Building Report.. Building Report.
<S2>Publication: Jenkins, S. 2000. England's Thousand Best Churches.

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