Record Details

NHER Number:8459
Type of record:Building
Name:St Benedict's Church, Horning


The earliest parts of this church date to the 13th century. It stands next to a possible Late Saxon earthwork (NHER 14099). The present building mostly dates to the 14th century and was altered in the 15th century. The north aisle was demolished in the 18th century and the building was restored in 1874. Inside is a font dated to around 1300, important carved benches, and a very rare graffiti of a Gregorian chant.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 3549 1655
Map Sheet:TG31NE

Full description

Church on important site adjacent to ?Late Saxon linear earthwork (NHER 14099) on route to St Benet's Abbey. Present structure partly 13th century (blocked north arcade etc), mostly 14th century, with 15th century alterations and rebuilding. North aisle demolished in 18th century; building restored 1874. Furnishings include font dated to around 1300, important carved benches, and very rare graffito of Gregorian chant (S4).
See (S1) in file.
E. Rose (NLA), 11 October 2005.

October 2006. Watching Brief. Contexts 1-10 used.
Monitoring of a new mains water service trench revealed the fragmentary remains of a possible wall that may relate to the north aisle which was demolished in the 18th century. Fragmentary human remains were also encountered and were reinterred.
See report (S2) for further details. The results of this work are also summarised in (S3).
A. Cattermole (NLA), 14 November 2006.

Monument Types

  • WALL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CHURCH (Medieval to 21st Century - 1200 AD to 2100 AD)

Associated Finds

  • HUMAN REMAINS (Unknown date)
  • DOOR (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)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TG3516A, D, F, H, L, M.
---Illustration: Various. Various. Architectural plans.
---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1996. TG 3516T.
---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 561; Pl 14.
---Unpublished Document: 2002. The Parish Church of St Benedict, Horning. Church Guide..
---Unpublished Document: Peter Codling Architects. 1993. Specification and Schedule of Work for Tower Repairs and Repointing and Repairs to South Aisle Pew Platform to St Benedicts Church, Horning.
---Unpublished Document: Peter Codling Architects. 1996. Specification and Schedule of Work for Repairs to St Benedict's Church, Horning.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Rose, E. (NLA). 2005. Building Report.. Building Report.
<S2>Unpublished Contractor Report: Birks, C. 2007. Report on an Archaeological Watching Brief at St Benedict's Church, Horning, Norfolk. Chris Birks Archaeological Services. CB073R.
<S3>Article in Serial: Gurney, D. (ed.). 2007. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk in 2006. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLV Pt II pp 261-273. p 265.
<S4>Photograph: Champion, M.. 2012. Graffito of Gregorian chant. Digital.

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