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Acle, Saint Edmund King and Martyr Church,Acle, churchesofnorfolk

Acle, Saint Edmund King and Martyr Church



Acle, round towered church stands in a quaint little village setting, Acle church is dedicated to Saint Edmund King and Martyr has one of the nicest fonts in Norfolk, With its round west tower, with octagonal upper storey, 5 bells, nave and chancel and north and south porches. The base of the tower is Norman, but 13th century above, the nave and chancel are mainly of the Decorated period, the porches are somewhat later. the nave is thatched with reeds. The font still retains some paintwork and is dated at around 1410, there are a few things here to look at and to test your patience at getting to other churches of the area. I missed the "Devil", something I would have loved showing where it was, but relished spending 10 minutes with the local parishioners. Various brasses, one to the Gay family, dated 1505, another to the Rev, Thomas Stones, a former rector, died 1627. There is also a marble monument to Jeremiah Berry, died 1767 by W. Lane of Norwich, a sedilia low side window in chancel. It has a thatched roof in part, and a locked off tomb area.there is fine Decorated tracery in windows of chancel, especially the east one. This 13th century church is well worth a look. "Remember the Devil". Acle, Saint Edmund King and Martyr Church, for disabled, steps down into church, unsure if toilet.

Acle, Saint Edmund King and Martyr Church (On the north wall of the chancel is harrowing Latin graffiti discovered in 1912 and professionally restored in 1983 and now under glass, It probably dates from the time of the Black Death which ravaged East Anglia in 1349 when people who were well in the morning were dead by the evening, when no medicine prevailed and they could only appeal to God to save them. Mention of "cornua" the fashionable horn hats worn by ladies seem to confirm this date, (although this may allude to horns for sinners & veils of the faithful). It is incomplete as the window above was inserted through some of it.) Via Flickr, by JMC4 Church Explorer

"Oh lamentable death, how many dost thou cast into the pit! Anon the infants fade away, and of the aged, death makes an end.

Now these, now those, thou ravagest, O death on every side; Those that wear horns or veils, fate spareth not.

Therefore, while in the world the brute beast plague rages hour by hour, With prayer and with remembrance (we) deplore death's deadliness".

Restored in the 1860's by R.M. Phipson (nave) and Ewan Christian (chancel).


Acle, Saint Edmund King and Martyr Church. Postcode: NR13-3BU


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