Record Details

NHER Number:8078
Type of record:Building
Name:St Peter's Church, Crostwick


This church is mostly 15th century in date and built in brick and flint. The nave and chancel were built at the same time and the flint tower pre-dates them. A porch was added in the 16th century. Excavations at the church during repair work recovered medieval and post medieval pottery fragments and a 14th to 15th century tiled floor and fragments of medieval painted window glass inside the church.


  • St Peter's Church, Crostwick from the northeast  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service
  • St Peter's Church, Crostwick, from the south  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service


Grid Reference:TG 2578 1587
Map Sheet:TG21NE

Full description

Largely of brick with occasional flints; 15th century tower of flint that pre-dates nave and chancel, both from a rebuild of about 1500. North porch 16th century, of knapped flint with brick quoins and a brick niche above the entrance. Brick south doorway. Remains of fine brick rood stair turret outside on south wall. Porch windows and east window 19th century replacements. Vestry added against chancel north wall in 19th century, but preserving intact the window and priest's door in the chancel wall. Nave has 17th century butt purlin roof with 19th century wall posts. Piscina in south chancel wall. 15th century wall painting of St Christopher, restored 1996, over south door. Two old benches with poppy ends. Chancel woodwork, though installed as a World War One memorial, is very much in Edwardian style and a good example of its type.
See report (S1) for further details.
See listed building description (S2) for further details.
E. Rose (NAU), 26 May 1983. and P. Aldridge (NLA), 23 October 2007.

1984. Excavation.
Dry area trench carried out during repair works involving replacement of the floor of the nave by an M.S.C. team. The removal of the pews exposed lines of 15th to 16th century glazed tiles that had been reset in a 19th-century restoration. Below the bedding of these, the impressions of a removed tiled pavement on both sides of the present central aisle, only a couple of fragments of tile remained. Discovered robber trenches confirmed that the original nave had been considerably narrower than the present, and had walls which were aligned on marks on the east face of the tower now within the nave. This site produced post medieval sherds, medieval masonry fragments and thirty seven fragments of medieval window glass (S9). A medieval brick footing, possibly a doorstep or altar base, was also uncovered.
See (S3) and (S8) in file for further information.
Press cutting (S4), photographs (S5) and correspondence (S6) in file.
E. Rose (NAU) amended by M. Langham-Lopez (HES), 14 June 2013.

May 2009.
500-year- old floor tiles stolen from the church entrance.
See (S7) for further details
H. White (NLA), 1 June 2009

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Medieval to 21st Century - 1066 AD to 2100 AD)
  • FLOOR (13th Century to 15th Century - 1300 AD to 1499 AD)

Associated Finds

  • ARCHITECTURAL FRAGMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BRICK (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FLOOR TILE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • HUMAN REMAINS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MILLSTONE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PISCINA (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • STAINED GLASS (WINDOW) (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WALL PAINTING (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • Xtile pavement (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • ARCHITECTURAL FRAGMENT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • FONT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • ROOD SCREEN (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • WINDOW (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1987. Cash gift to 'forgotten' church. 31 March.
---Monograph: Bryant, T. H. 1905. Hundred of Taverham. The Churches of Norfolk. Vol XV. pp 30-34.
---Publication: Cotton. [unknown].
---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. p 445.
---Illustration: Ladbrooke. 1821. [unknown].
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Unpublished Document: E. Rose. 1983. Building Report.. Building Report.
<S2>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1372937.
<S3>Article in Serial: Rose, E. J. and King, D. J. 1985. Recent Discoveries at Crostwick St Peter. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XXXIX Pt II pp 192-201. p 192 ff.
<S4>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1984. Church finds by MSC Team. 20 June.
<S5>Photograph: CLZ24-27, CNA36-37.
<S6>Correspondence: 1986. Letter to E. Rose (NAU). 18 March.
<S7>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2009. [Articles on the stolen floor tiles and the restoration of St Peter's Church, Crostwick].
<S8>Article in Serial: Youngs, S. M., Clark, J. and Barry, T. B. 1985. Medieval Britain and Ireland in 1984. Medieval Archaeology. Vol XXIX pp 158-230. p 192.
<S9>Illustration: White, S.. 1984. Drawings of medieval window glass from Crostwick St Peter Church.. Paper. 1:1.

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