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Latitude: 52.7555 / 52°45'19"N
Longitude: 0.9448 / 0°56'41"E
OS Eastings: 598823
OS Northings: 321609
OS Grid: TF988216
Mapcode National: GBR S9R.CP2
Mapcode Global: WHLRK.HZ4Y
Plus Code: 9F42QW4V+5W
Entry Name: Ruined Church and Manor House
Listing Date: 4 December 1951
Last Amended: 29 August 1984
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1342523
English Heritage Legacy ID: 220698
Location: North Elmham, Breckland, Norfolk, NR20
Civil Parish: North Elmham
Built-Up Area: North Elmham
Traditional County: Norfolk
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk
Church of England Parish: Elmham North St Mary
Church of England Diocese: Norwich
TF 92 SE NORTH ELMHAM HOLT ROAD
(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
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