Back copies of the Society’s Quarterly magazine become available on the website one year after they are published and sent to Society members. RTCS would like to thank Susan Williams who produced the Magazine in pdf format from 2007 to 2012.

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The early Magazines (2007-2011) are in an order which enables them to be printed out as a magazine. From March 2012 the Magazines are in page order so are easier to find your way through. They are large documents so may take a while to download- be patient!

Articles from earlier Magazines available to view:

Carstone and Ferricrete by Stephen Hart published in 2002.

Reclaimed Roman Stephen Heywood published in 2002.

An article about St Benedicts Church Norwich by Richard Harbord published in the The Round Tower in September 2007 is now available.

The Round Tower December 2007

Articles on: St Peters, Needham by Stephen Hart and Richard Barham; Syleham church in its setting by Frank Howard; St Mary-the-Virgin, Houghton on the Hill by Richard Harbord; Scottish survival- Round Tower Churches of Brechin and Abernethy by Christine Draycott. Report on Round Tower Churches Study Day, October 2007 at Rickingham Village Hall by Michael Pollitt.

The Round Tower March 2008

Articles on: All Saints, Horsey by Stephen Hart; The Rotunda of the Holy Cross, Prague by HT and TS Norris; A churchyard building at Pentlow by Stuart Bowell; Sir Ninian Comper, an appreciation of his restorations/work in churches by Valerie Grose; St Augustine’s Abbey, Canterbury by Richard Harbord; Bliesgau, Germany by Bernd Jatzwauk. Remembrance of Bill Goode.

The Round Tower June 2008

Articles on: St Marys Bartlow by Stephen Hart; All Saints, Denstone near Stoke on Trent by Michael Coates and Carole Potter. Minutes of AGM, Treasurer’s Report and grants to churches 2007-2008.

The Round Tower September 2008

All Saints, Freethorpe by Stephen Hart; Zetting, Bliesgau by Bernd Jatzwauk; Quest for Mass dials by ‘Lyn Stilgoe; The lost Round Tower Church of St Paul, Norwich by Richard Harbord; Round Tower churches in Ravenna by Henry Long. Remembrance of Brian Leslie George Harmer.

The Round Tower December 2008

Articles on: St Margaret and St Remigius, Seething, Norfolk by Stephen Hart; St Marys, Eccles on Sea by Richard Harbord; Romanesque round tower churches and round-towered churches: a marriage of convenience by HT and TS Norris. Churches visited by the Society 2008 part 1 by Stuart Bowell. Tour of the Saarland and Alsace-Lorraine 2008.

The Round Tower March 2009

Articles on: St Andrew’s, Hasketon Suffolk by Stephen Hart; St Cyriakus, Gernrode by B and U Feistel; Reflections on the round tower apses of the Norwegian Stave churches by HT and TS Norris; St Peters, Beccles by David Lindley. Churches visited by the Society in 2008, Part 2.

The Round Tower June 2009

Articles on: St Nicolas, Potter Heigham by Stephen Hart; A new thatched roof for All Saints Horsey; The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Great Hautbois by Richard Harbord. Minutes of AGM, Treasurer’s report and grants to churches 2008-2009.

The Round Tower September 2009

Articles on: St Mary’s, Appleton by Richard Harbord; the placement of pipe organs in round churches and round towered churches by Susan Williams; Interior aspects of Osterlars Round Church, Bornholm by HT and TS Norris.

This edition is not available to download but the article about Appleton can be downloaded: Appleton by Richard Harbord

The Round Tower December 2009

Articles on: Ashby St Mary’s, Suffolk by Stephen Hart; St Saviour in the Nunnery of St Efrasinnia, Polotsk, Belarus by HT and TS Norris; Cycling round the Round Towers by Philip Evans; Snailwell, Cambridgeshire by HT and TS Norris. Churches visited by the Society in 2009, Part 1 by Stuart Bowell.

The Round Tower March 2010

Articles on: St Etheldreda, Norwich by Stephen Hart; Fish associations by Valerie Grose; St Clements, Fiskerton, Lincolnshire by Harry Norris; A sketching summer by John Lee; St Mary and All Saints, Great Walsingham by Richard Harbord. Report on Summer Tours 2009, part 2 by Stuart Bowell.

The Round Tower June 2010

Articles on: St Peters, Repps with Bastwick by Stephen Hart; Bells and Belfries by Richard Harbord; Round Tower Churches by Public Transport part 1 by Joseph Biddulph. Minutes of AGM, Treasurer’s report and grants to churches 2009-2010.

The Round Tower September 2010

Articles on: Welbourne All Saints by Stephen Hart; Round Tower Churches by taxi by Valerie Grose; Building materials used in Anglo-Saxon churches and their towers by Richard Harbord; A Record of East Anglian Churches by John Lee; The Round Tower church at Little Maplestead by HT, KT and TS Norris.

The Round Tower December 2010

Articles on: St Marys, West Somerton by Stephen Hart; St James, Tebay by John Rhead; St Andrews, Wickmere by R.P. Harbord; Round Tower Churches by Public Transport Part 2 by Joseph Biddulph. Report on Summer Tours 2010 Part 1 by Stuart Bowell.

 The Round Tower March 2011

Articles: Materials, towers and local piety by Joseph Biddulph; Norwich Heritage days by Anne Woollett and Paul Hodge; Rotundas and Round-towered churches in Northern Europe by Jes Wienberg; St Mary in the Marsh, Norwich by Richard Harbord. Churches visited by the Society 2010, part 2 by Stuart Bowell. Remembrance of Edgar Spelman.

This edition is not available for downloading but Richard Harbord’s article on St Mary in the Marsh can be viewed at St Mary-in-the-Marsh Church, Norwich

The Round Tower June 2011

Articles on: Britain’s most easterly gem- Gunton by Carol Quentin-Hicks; Round towers between Earth and Heaven by TS and HT Norris; Yet another way to visit the region’s round tower churches by John T Rhead; Investigations in Hammarlunda Church by Anders W Mortensson; Minutes of 2011 AGM, Treasurer’s report and grants to churches 2010-2011.

Articles on: St Margaret, Wolverton by Richard Harbord; Edingthorpe Summer Sunday by Jane Moth; Solid Geology and Round Tower Churches by K T Norris; Wall paintings in Round Tower (and nearby) churches by Valerie Grose; High Wych Church Hertfordshire by HT and TS Norris.

The Round Tower December  2011

Articles on: Haddiscoe St Mary by Stephen Hart; St John the Baptist, Hellington by Joseph Biddulph; A re-assessment of the defensive role of Round Tower Churches by Richard Harbord.

The Round Tower 2012 March

Articles on: St Mary Blunderston by Stephen Hart; All Saints Woodton by ‘Lyn Stilgoe; the surviving tradition of Round Towered Churches in Slovakia by Harry and Tim Norris; Churches visited by the Society in 2011, Part 1 by Stuart Bowell.

The Round Tower 2012 June 

Articles on: Wheel of Fortune at Ilketshall St Andrew by Valerie Grose; Round Towers in Norwich Cathedral? by Richard Harbord; Churches visited by the Society in 2011 Part 2 by Stuart Bowell. Minutes of 2012 AGM, Treasurer’s report and grants to churches 2011-2012.

The Round Tower 2012 September

Articles on: St Felix, Haverhill by KT and TS Norris; St Peter and St Paul, Wramplingham by Stephen Hart; The Ladbrooke Prints of Norfolk Churches by ‘Lyn Stilgoe; Rosemary Rutherford by Anne Haward; Photographic records of gravestones by John Moore; Tour of churches in the Stamford Training Area July 2012 by Anne Woollett.

The Round Tower 2012 December

Articles on: St Mary Coslany by Richard Harbord; The lost round tower of St Mary, Birchanger, Essex by TS and HT Norris. Reports on English Heritage Angel Award 2012; Round Tower Churches in the West; ‘Lyn and Dick’s thoughts on setting up the 2012 Tour of Essex Round Tower Churches; St Margaret’s Herringfleet; RTCS Study Day at Bawburgh Sept 2012. Review of Warwick Rodwell’s The Archaeology of Churches  by Carly Hilts. Please note Bill Goode’s photograph on the front cover is of All Saints, Mettingham and not Holy Trinity Barsham.

The Round Tower 2013 March

Articles on: The Lost Church of St Peter, Ormesby by Richard Harbord; St Nicolas Feltwell The Tower Collapse by Oddstruck; Carstone or Conglomerate? by ‘Lyn Stilgoe. Reports on St Andrew Burwell; Summer Tours 2012 Part One; Forty years of the Round Tower Churches Society; Wooden Grave-Board Survey. Review of The Medieval Monastery by Roger Rosewell. Remembrance of Charles Roberts.

The Round Tower 2013 June

Articles on: St Peter’s Church, North Burlingham by Richard Harbord; Missing Round Tower Churches of North West Essex by HT & TS Norris. Report on 2013 AGM: Minutes, Treasurer’s Report, Grants  to churches, celebration of RTCS’s 40th anniversary birthday by Michael Pollitt.

The Round Tower 2013 September

Articles on: Bricks in Round Tower Churches by Stephen Hart; A 13th Century Coffin Slab at Fishley, Norfolk by Julian Litten. Report on Summer Tours Part Two by Stuart Bowell.

In his article on Bricks in Round Tower Churches, Stephen Hart refers to an article by Stephen Heywood ‘The Use of Reclaimed Roman Building Materials in Norfolk Churches’ published in September 2002. For new members and members who no longer have access to this article it is reproduced here. Click Reclaimed Roman materials.

The Round Tower 2013 December

Articles on: Thomas Jeckll and St Mary, Brome by Richard Harbord; Samuel Woodward  1790-1838; Bessingham Round Tower Church and Solid Geology by KT and TS Norris. A tribute to Ada Goode by John Scales; a tribute to Jack Sterry. The work of RTCS Grant Officer Nick Wiggin.

The Round Tower 2014 March

Articles on: Round towers- built with their churches or added? by Stephen Hart; The Round Tower Churches of London by John Salmon. Rosemary Rutherford’s stained glass windows by Frank Howard.

The Round Tower 2014 June 

Articles on: Little Snoring by Joseph Biddulph; Iron-bound conglomerate- the confusing rock by Jenny Gladstone. Notices from AGM: minutes, accounts, treasurer’s report, and list of grants made to churches in 2013-2014. Report on Summer Tours 2013 part 1 by Stuart Bowell. Appreciation of Dorothy Shreeve by ‘Lyn Stilgoe. Notice of Study Day at Yaxham September 2014.

The Round Tower 2014 September

Articles on: 1890 account of Pentlow church; Little Snoring and iron-bound conglomerate by Jenny Gladstone. Obituary and memories of Stephen Hart. Talk at Shimpling by Roger Batty.

Jenny Gladstone was a geologist who wrote a great couple of articles for the Magazine: ‘Iron-bound conglomerate- the confusing rock’ was published in June 2014 and a follow up article ‘Little Snoring and iron bound conglomerate’ in September 2014. In this Jenny suggested a history for the rebuilding of this fascinating little church.

Little Snoring view from westLittle Snoring with its iron-bound conglomerate

The Round Tower 2014 December

Articles on: the thickness of tower and church walls to differentiate Saxon and Norman work by Stephen Hart;  St Marys Church Carleton Forehoe by Richard Harbord; St Mary, Westley Waterless, Cambridgeshire by HT, KT and TS Norris; Poxwell Dorset by Paul Hodge. Summer Tours 2013 part 2.

From March 2015 the format for accessing magazines has changed. It means you have to click on the title a second time.

The Round Tower 2015 March

Article: Cockley Cley All Saints by Stephen Hart; Report on RTCS Study Day at Yaxham September 2014; Medieval wax communion vessel at Mautby by Gile Emery; Information about Bequests and Donations; In Praise of churches and their value of their being accessible for everyone by Paul McNamee editor of the Big Issue.

The Round Tower 2015 June

Articles: Burnham Norton St Margaret by ‘Lyn Stilgoe; Cockley Cley, All Saints by Richard Harbord; 2015 AGM: Minutes, Accounts, Grants Officers and Treasurer’s Report. Stanley Wearing 1944 book of drawings.


Articles: Cockley Cley by Richard Harbord (part 2); Heckingham by Colin Howey. Summer Tours 2014 Part 1.

The Round Tower 2015 December

Article by David Stannard about Eccles on Sea, illustrated with some of his collection of paintings of Eccles; Part 2 of Summer Tours 2014 Report; music at Burnham Deepdale; information about Merton’s lead theft; Brian Harmer’s legacy.

The Round Tower 2016 March

Report on tour of Six South Norfolk churches with John Vigar, June 2015; Report on Part 1 of RTCS Tours 2015; an article about Norwich Round Tower Churches by Richard Barham & Anne Woollett; notice of RTCS Lead Roof Appeal; and itinerary of Church Tours for Summer 2016

The Round Tower 2016 June

Report on Wooden Grave-Board Survey; A Round Tower Church experience by John Rhead; Minutes of 2016 AGM, Accounts and Treasurer’s Report, Grants paid to churches and promises made 2015-2016;  Lead Roof Appeal and letter from RTCS Chair about Lead thefts to EDP; Part 2 of Report on 2015 Summer Tours by Stuart Bowell.

Great Hautbois

The Round Tower 2016 Sept
Articles: Great Hautbois by Richard Harbord; Eccles- a lost village by Tim Pestell; The Round Tower Church of Sundre, Southern Gotland, Sweden by TS and HT Norris. Grant Officer’s Report by Nick Wiggin. Notice of Lead Roof Appeal and Study Day October 15th. Summer Tours 2016 Part 1 by Stuart Bowell.

The Round Tower 2016 December

Article: Collioure: a Mediterranean round-towered church by Clare Gallaway. Report on RTCS Study Day, October 2016. Summer Tours 2016, part 2 by Stuart Bowell. Correspondence- study day, fonts and pdfs, Taverham cat.

The Round Tower 2017 March

Hemblington All Saints: a report of Archaeological Exacavation January 2015 undertaken by Norvic Archaeology; Kerdiston St Mary’s, a lost round tower church by Richard Harbord; Buildings of England a poem by by T J Clark; Report on Summer Tours 2016, part 3 by Stuart Bowell.

The Round Tower 2017 June

Sketches of the Rev R J Simpson by Jonathan Spurrell; Thoughts of a retired carpenter on the Angel Roof in East Anglia by Paul Durbridge; 2017 AGM information: Minutes, Accounts and Treasurer’s Report and Grant Officer’s Report; 2017 tours; Review of Angel Roofs of East Anglia by Michel Rimmer; Paintings of Haddiscoe by Sir John Arnesby Brown; enhanced image of Kerdiston round towered church by Trevor Ashwin; about Lead Roof appeal; more on Merel marks.

The Round Tower 2017 Sept

Shipden Church – a lost round tower on the Norfolk coast? by Richard Harbord; Kerdiston’s lost round tower church- an article from Reepham Life. No 82. July 2017; C19 Churchwarden Account: Extracts from Heckingham churchwardens accounts 1828 to 1853; More on merel marks: Three RTCS members responded to our piece about merel marks; Farewell to Richard Barham by Michael Pollitt; Lead thefts and the Norfolk roof alarm scheme; Torteval, Guernsey, photo from Meril Butcher

The Round Tower 2017 December

Mass Dials: more questions than answers by Matthew Champion; Summer Tours 2017 Part One; Round Tower Ancestors by Richard Barham; Christmas trees at Haddiscoe St Mary; Threxton awarded HLF grant.

The Round Tower 2018 March
Round Towers and Scratch Dials by Dave Betterton; Remembering 70 years at RAF Swannington 1944-1947; Roy Tricker MEB; Summer Tours 2017 Part 2 (of 3) by Stuart Bowell; General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) May 2018.

The Round Tower 2018 June
‘The Beast from the East’: round tower churches in the snow; Kerdiston – update on Vattenfall cable corridor; East Anglian fonts: the purpose, position and appearance of fonts from Susan Yaxley’s book The Reformation in Norfolk Parish Churches; Teresa Wiggin: new RTCS membership secretary; Barmer church after repairs; Summer Tours 2017 Part 3 by Stuart Bowell; Notice of Round Tower Churches Society Study Day: Oct 6th 2018. Available on line June 2019

The Round Tower 2018 September
AGM Information: Minutes, Membership Secretary’s Report, Accounts, Treasurer’s Report, Grant Officer’s Report, Prince of Wales 70th Birthday Garden Party, Roof Alarm System: update; information about Study Day Oct 6th 2018; Drones and Round Tower Churches by Bob Mitchell.
Churches of Beachamwell open day. Available on line September 2019

The Round Tower 2018 December

West Lexham repairs and Open Day July 2018; Jeremy Dickson at Haddiscoe; Gissing St Mary: articles by Stephen Hart article and Anne Haward (from 2004 Round Tower); Report on RTCS Study Day Stradbrooke, October 2018. Available on line December 2019

The Round Tower 2019 March

2019 tours; Work at Welborne; West Lexham work completed; From Bears to Bishops by Paul Harley; Basket weave windows; AGM at Weybread church;  Roughton church by Richard Harbord; Work at Herringfleet by Bob Mitchell; talks at Broomfield Church, Essex. Available on line March 2020.