Church of St Mary the Less, Bury Road, Thetford - Breckland

Former church, C11 foundation but building mainly late C14 with the west tower dated to C15. Closed for worship, poor condition and has suffered from vandalism. A scheme for residential conversion was granted consent but was not implemented. New proposals for residential use under discussion and owner has been awarded a Historic England Heritage at Risk grant to repair the tower and mothball the remainder of building pending development and implementation of a financially-viable scheme of conversion.

Church of St Mary the Less, Bury Road, Thetford - Breckland
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Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: CHURCH OF ST MARY THE LESS
  • Heritage Category: Listed Building grade II*
  • List Entry Number: 1297899
  • Local Planning Authority: Breckland
  • Site Type: Religious ritual and funerary > Church


  • Building Name: Church of St Mary the Less
  • Street Name: Bury Road
  • County: Norfolk
  • District / Borough: Breckland
  • Parish: Thetford
  • Parliamentary Constituency: South West Norfolk
  • Region: East of England

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Building or structure
  • Condition: Very bad
  • Occupancy / Use: Vacant/not in use
  • Priority: E - Under repair or in fair to good repair, but no user identified; or under threat of vacancy with no obvious new user (applicable only to buildings capable of beneficial use)
  • Previous Priority: B
  • Ownership: Private
  • Designation: Listed Building grade II*, CA