The College and St John's Church, Rushford

Has been described as a Questionable Fortified Ecclesiastical site

There are major building remains

NameThe College and St John's Church, Rushford
Alternative Names
Historic CountryNorfolk
Modern AuthorityNorfolk
1974 AuthorityNorfolk
Civil ParishBrettenham

The College, including parish church of St John's College, founded 31 August 1342 by Edmund Gonville, who also founded Gonville College, Cambridge. Very rare survival of collegiate church with surrounding buildings. Church is nave and tower of 1342 with C15 porch. Transepts and chancel demolished at Dissolution, church reroofed and altered late C16. Tower designed to be defended. Apse and interior decorations of 1904. Medieval cross base formerly in yard, now missing. College buildings, now private house, survive in part of 1342, restored by Teulon about 1850. Part of moat survives. (E. Rose 15 March 1988). (Norfolk HER)

Gatehouse Comments

The college site was moated but it is not clear in what way was the church tower 'designed to be defended'? For bringing this site to our attention Gatehouse thanks Roger Wilson.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law

Historic England Scheduled Monument Number
Historic England Listed Building number(s)
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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTL923812
Latitude52.3958511352539
Longitude0.825890004634857
Eastings592340
Northings281250
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Books

  • Jeffrey, P., 2004, Collegiate Churches of England and Wales p. 240
  • Pevsner, N., 1962, The Buildings of England: Norfolk: North-West and South p. 297
  • Page, Wm (ed), 1906, 'Colleges: Rushworth' VCH Norfolk Vol. 2 p. 458-60 online transcription

Journals

  • Bennet, E. K., Rev., 1883,' The College of St John the Evangelist of Rushworth' Norfolk Archaeology

Other

  • Underdown, S., 2002, NAU Report no. 689. Report on an Archaeological Desk-based survey and building survey at Dairy Farm, Brettenham
  • Rose, E.. 1988. Building Report