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St Botolph, North Cove, Suffolk

(52°26′49″N, 1°37′17″E)
North Cove
TM 462 894
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Suffolk
now Suffolk
  • Ron Baxter

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Feature Sets

St Botolph's has a slim W tower of flint and brick, 13thc. in its lower parts with a later knapped flint embattled parapet. The nave and chancel are of flint, with brick buttresses and repairs on the S. The roof is of thatch. The only Romanesque feature is the S nave doorway, now under a 14thc. flint and brick porch. The N doorway and one N window are 13thc. The chancel contains 14thc. wall paintings generally considered among the finest in the county, and showing Passion scenes and a Doom. They were restored in the 1990s, when a good deal of 19thc. overpainting was removed.


N Cove is not recorded in Domesday, but Suckling identified it with 'Hetheburgfeld', which the present author is unable to trace. There was, at any rate, no manor called North Cove, the lordship being later styled Wathes Hall, after Robert de Watheby of Wmoreland who held the estate in the later 12thc. In c.1180 it passed to the fitz Jernegan family by marriage and continued in this line until the 16thc.

Benefice of Worlingham with Barnby and North Cove.


Exterior Features



T. H. Bryant, County Churches. Suffolk. 2 vols London 1912.
H. M. Cautley, Suffolk Churches and their Treasures. London 1937, 244.
D. P. Mortlock, The Popular Guide to Suffolk Churches: 3 E Suffolk. Cambridge 1992.
N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Suffolk. Harmondsworth 1961, rev. E. Radcliffe 1975, 379.
A. Suckling, The History and Antiquities of the County of Suffolk, I. London 1846, 47-52.