Record Details

NHER Number:4941
Type of record:Building
Name:St George's Church, Methwold


This elaborate church mostly dates to the 14th century including the nave and chancel. There is one earlier window in the north aisle. The base of tower is older than the rest of the structure. The rest of the church is in Perpendicular style. There are especially fine carvings in the roof.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TL 7324 9482
Map Sheet:TL79SW

Full description

Elaborate church. Nothing visible that can be dated to before 14th century - see NHER 6415 for claim of earlier church on older site - except perhaps a stoup bowl. Present chancel, nave doors 14th century, base of tower older than rest. Remainder all Perpendicular, perhaps more than one campaign of work, fine carvings, especially the roof. Brick and stone spire. Good memorials; woodwork of various dates.
See NHER 4887 for Bronze Age axe from yard.
Cross in churchyard (listed Grade II), also pound.

Brick structure found.
See (S1) in file.
E. Rose (NLA), 6 April 1998.

Full details of bells given in (S2).

September 2002.
Observation of pipe trench.
Also possible recognition of pre-14th century window in north aisle.
See (S3) in file.
E. Rose (NLA), 18 September 2002.

Monument Types

  • VAULT (Unknown date)
  • CHURCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CROSS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CHURCH (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • CISTERN (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • POUND (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • HUMAN REMAINS (Undated)
  • ARCHITECTURAL FRAGMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FONT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PISCINA (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PISCINA (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PISCINA (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WALL PAINTING (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building
  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Article in Serial: Manning, C. R. 1864. Lost brasses. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol VI pp 3-26. pp 17-20.
---Photograph: HKM 4 to 11. Methwold Church and details.
---Aerial Photograph: TL7394C, D, (26 April 1984), A, B, (12 July 1974).
---Article in Serial: Cozens-Hardy B. 1934. Norfolk Crosses. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XXV Pt II pp 297-336. p 318; Pl 7.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1980. Steeple floors under repair. 12 March.
---Map: Bryant. 1826. Bryant's Map of Norfolk.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TL 79 SW 14 [2].
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Monograph: Gedge, J.G.. 1893. The History of a Village Community in the Eastern Counties. p.37.
---Publication: Methwold St George, Church Guide.
---Illustration: Methwold Church.
---Newspaper Article: Lynn News. 1994. Thieves steal church treasure. 20 May.
---Newspaper Article: Lynn News. 1997-1999. [Articles on the restoration of the bells at St George's Church, Methwold].
---Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, W. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. pp 539-540.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. 1998. Building Report.. Building Report.
<S2>Article in Serial: Jessop, O.. 1998. Norfolk Bells and the Millennium.. Church Archaeology. Vol 2, pp 50-2.
<S3>Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. 2002. Building Report.. Building Report.

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