Record Details

NHER Number:8794
Type of record:Building
Name:St Peter and St Paul's Church, Great Carbrooke


This 13th century church has a tall western tower which was damaged by lightning in 1940 but has now been repaired. The church was extended in the 14th century and greatly rebuilt in the 15th. It has a collection of late 16th century armour and the oldest identifiable tombs in Norfolk - those of Matilda de Clare and her son - dating to the late 13th century.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 9498 0222
Map Sheet:TF90SW

Full description

Basically 13th century church extended in 14th and greatly rebuilt in 15th. Had collection of armour (S1).
See (S2).

Medieval? sherd from churchyard.
See (S2).
A. Rogerson (NLA), 16 September 1996.

April 2014
Late C13 chancel; C14 nave and ogee south door; C15 tower, north porch, nave roof and clerestory. Complex late geometric east window tracery of exceptional quality does not fit the opening in the east wall. An early replacement? Very fine ogee arch to south door. C14 arcades. Founders' tombs in chancel with potent crosses - the cross of the Knights Hospitallers before their later retreat to Malta. North porch with fine tieceron vault with carved bosses. The north door into the porch was blocked with brickwork in mid C20? and the room at present is to be fitted with a lavatory.
S. Heywood (HES). 17th April 2014

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CHURCH (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • COFFIN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FONT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • Xbell frame (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TF0402C.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1980. Bill for thunderbolt, cracks cost church £30,000. 2 January.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1988. Appeal to safeguard landmark. 31 August.
---Aerial Photograph: TF 9502/ ABF, ABG, ABH, ABJ, ABK, ABL, ABM, ABN.
---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1996. TF9502/ACC - ACE.
---Monograph: Bryant, T. H. 1898. Hundred of Wayland. The Churches of Norfolk. Vol I. pp 48-53.
---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1996. TF 9502ACF - ACJ.
---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1995. TF 9502ABP - ACB.
---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1998. TF 9502AM, AT - AU, ABE; TF 9402D - F.
---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1996. TF 9502ACK - ACT.
---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1996. TF 9502ACX - ADG.
---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1999. TF 9502ACU - ACW.
---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1998. TF 9502AN - AS.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TF 90 SE 3.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, W. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. pp 239-240.
---Monograph: Hart, S.. 2010. Medieval Church Window Tracery in England. p 74.
---Leaflet: Carbrooke Church.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Serial: 1826. Gentleman's Magazine. Gentlemans Magazine. p.577.
<S2>Unpublished Document: E. Rose. 1983. Building Report.. Building Report.

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