Record Details

NHER Number:6854
Type of record:Building
Name:St Giles' Church, Bradfield


St Giles' church sits in an elevated position above the village of Bradfield, and from the top of the late 15th century west tower no less than twelve other churches can be seen on a clear day.
The church itself is older than the tower, dating to the 14th century and with a particularly fine and large chancel in the Decorated style (1272 to 1350). The chancel looks a little big now, for it would originally have been in proportion with nave, which had aisles on either side. From the outside it is possible to see where the arches were filled in when the aisles were pulled down in 1786, when the small south porch was built.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 2680 3330
Map Sheet:TG23SE

Full description

14th century church with elaborate chancel, and tower added in 15th to 16th century. Aisles demolished, and probably sacristy, in 1786; porch rebuilt. 14th century font; good 19th century woodwork; wall paintings. Possible cross base in yard.
Listed Grade II*.
Poor condition in 1988.
See reports (S1) and photographs in secondary file.
E. Rose (NAU), 11 April 1988.

28 November 2003. Visit.
Examination of soakaways constructed within the demolished aisles produced medieval floor and roof tiles.
See report (S2) in file.
E. Rose (NLA), 28 November 2003

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Medieval to 21st Century - 1066 AD to 2100 AD)
  • CROSS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FLOOR TILE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FONT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • ROOF TILE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WALL PAINTING (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WALL PAINTING (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TG 2633A-B.
---Article in Serial: Cozens-Hardy B. 1934. Norfolk Crosses. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XXV Pt II pp 297-336. pp 302-303.
---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 410-411.
---Photograph: EGK 29-31.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. Building Report.. Building Report.
<S2>Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. 2003. Building Report.. Building Report.

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