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St Mary, Swardeston, Norfolk

(52°35′21″N, 1°14′41″E)
TG 199 040
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Norfolk
now Norfolk
medieval unknown
now St Mary
  • Jill A Franklin
  • Jill A Franklin
04 Jun 1990

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Feature Sets

The church has a continuous nave and chancel and a 15thc W tower with a tall opening to the nave. The fenestration is mainly 14thc, but the two round-headed, double-splayed windows in the nave denote a substantially earlier building. The only Romanesque sculpture is the fragmentary pillar piscina perched within a small arched recess in the S chancel wall, just west of the sedilia.


At the time of the Domesday Survey in 1086, Roger Bigod was the tenant-in-chief of Humbleyard, the hundred in which Swardeston was situated.



Piscinae/Pillar Piscinae


The round-headed windows in the nave suggest that the fabric of the church dates to the second half of the 11thc.


Domesday Book: A Complete Translation, eds A. Williams and G.H. Martin, Harmondsworth 1992/2002, 1110, 1124, 1145, 1183.

English Heritage Listed Building 1050556.

N. Pevsner and B. Wilson, The Buildings of England, Norfolk: North-West and South, Harmondsworth1962, 2nd edn 1999, rev. 2000, 2: 687-88.