Record Details

NHER Number:8393
Type of record:Building
Name:St Mary's Church, Hickling


This church was built in the late 14th century. It probably stands on the same site as an earlier church. Bits of this earlier building have been reused within the present structure. The present chancel does not seem to fit with the rest of the building and it may have been rebuilt after the Dissolution. Outside is a monument to John Bygrove, 1818, and Richard Stone, 1796. Undated wall footings, a piece of Middle Saxon pottery and a prehistoric flint tool were found when a trench was dug in the churchyard.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 4149 2426
Map Sheet:TG42SW

Full description

Parish church.
Late 14th century Decorated to Perpendicular overlap. Chancel rebuilt perhaps at Dissolution. Font early 14th century. Some worked stones from older building. Good 13th century carved coffin slab and 16th century tomb. Tomb in yard 1768 to 1818. A separate chapel is said to have stood in the yard.
See (S1).
E. Rose (NAU), 18 November 1988.

Listed II*, Bygrave Monument II.

1994. Observation of trenching.
Revealed wall footings, Middle Saxon sherd and flint tool.
See details in file.
A. Rogerson (NLA) 29 November 1994.

2004. Building Survey.
Survey of Bygrave Monument. This highlighted the poor condition of the monument and identified possible remedial actions.
See report (S2) for further details.

November 2006.
Bygrave memorial collapsed.
See (S3) in file.
E. Rose (NLA), 24 November 2006.

May 2009.
Part of the church is covered in graffiti from the English Civil War, with one inscription reading 'Roundheade' dating from 1645.
See (S4) for further details
H. White (NLA), 14 May 2009.

Monument Types

  • WALL (Unknown date)
  • CHAPEL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CHURCH (13th Century to 21st Century - 1300 AD to 2100 AD)
  • TOMB (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Lower Palaeolithic to Late Iron Age - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • POT (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FLOOR TILE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FONT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PISCINA (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • Xbell frame (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • Xtile pavement (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building
  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TG4124P, Q.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1981. [Photograph of St Mary's Church, Hickling]. 24 July.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1988. [Articles on the restoration of the tower and the bells at St Mary's Church, Hickling].
---Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England.
---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 551.
---Leaflet: Roger Pooley. 1987. St. Mary's Parish Church Hickling..
---Photograph: Norfolk County Council. Bygrave Memorial. Colour print.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. Building Report.. Building Report.
<S2>Unpublished Contractor Report: Carrington, A. 2004. Report on the Bygrave Monument in the churchyard of St. Mary's, Hickling, Norfolk (Diocese of Norwich). Skillington Workshop Ltd.
<S3>Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. 2006. Further Building Report. Building Report.
<S4>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2009. Coastal church crawl will highlight history. 14 May.

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