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Ruined Church and Manor House, North Elmham

Description: Ruined Church and Manor House

Grade: I
Date Listed: 4 December 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 220698

OS Grid Reference: TF9882321609
OS Grid Coordinates: 598823, 321609
Latitude/Longitude: 52.7555, 0.9448

Location: Church Lane, North Elmham NR20 5JX

Locality: North Elmham
Local Authority: Breckland District Council
County: Norfolk
Country: England
Postcode: NR20 5JX

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There is also a scheduled monument, Episcopal Chapel and Fortified Manor House on Site of Anglo-Saxon Cathedral, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.

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Listing Text

(north east side)

4/46 Ruined Church and
4.12.51 Manor House (formerly
listed as Remains of
Saxon Cathedral in
Old Vicarage Grounds)


Former church converted into a fortified manor house. Probably built by
Bishop Herbert de Losinga (1091-1119) on the site of the Anglo-Saxon
Cathedral of Elmham. Converted by Bishop Despencer in late C14.
Ferruginous conglomerate with flint core and ashlar dressings. Brick dress-
ings to C14 work. Roofless. Western tower with semicircular stair turret,
aisleless nave, continuous transept with armpit towers and apse. Evidence
for ashlar dressed tower and west transept arches, north and south nave
doorways and entrances into armpit towers. C14 work includes a semicircular
tower base matching the original stair turret and several masonry partitions
with brick dressings. The site is surrounded by C14 earthworks. S.E. Rigold
"The Anglian Cathedral of North Elmham, Norfolk" Medieval Archaeology, VI-
VII, 1962-3; S.R. Heywood, "The Ruined Church at North Elmham, "Journal of
the British Archaeological Association,CXXXV, 1982. The building is
also a scheduled Ancient Monument.

Listing NGR: TF9882321609

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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