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The College and St John's Church, Rushford

In the civil parish of Brettenham.
In the historic county of Norfolk.
Modern Authority of Norfolk.
1974 county of Norfolk.
Medieval County of Norfolk.

OS Map Grid Reference: TL92348125
Latitude 52.39585° Longitude 0.82589°

The College and St John's Church, Rushford has been described as a Fortified Ecclesiastical site although is doubtful that it was such.

There are major building remains.

This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law*.

Description

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)
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.
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