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Aldeby Saint Mary the Virgin Church.NR34-0AB.  A cruciform church, Perpendicular Period, some Norman work, zig - zag effect.

Aldeby Saint Mary the Virgin Church.NR34-0AB.



Aldeby Saint Mary the Virgin Church, situated about two miles from Gillingham in Norfolk, "A Day's Excursion among the Churches" book by Charles E. Keyser, MA, FSA, states a cruciform church, once partly used as the church of a small priory attached to the great monastery at Norwich. The old clerk there is quite a character, and only too delighted to show the church to the intelligent visitor. It is somewhat irregular in its design.and now consists of a central tower, nave, north transept, south chapel and chancel. This was around 1907. He also put that the windows were of 15th century date and two others Decorated Period, but renewed. The tower he thought to be rebuilt in 1633, the arches too, though one seemed to be the original Decorated one. A recess of late 14th century work incorporated a mural painting, but had been covered in whitewash. A handsome porch of the Perpendicular Period was adorned with implements of the Passion and Trinity banner. The inner doorway was approx 1633. The most interesting feature of the church is the west doorway, a good specimen of Norman work of about the middle of the 12th century. It had the zig-zag effect. Walking disabled friendly, quite a distance from parking. As per church leaflet entitled the Priory and Parish church of Saint Mary Aldeby: At the time of the Domesday survey Aldeby had a church with 12 acres. The lordship had been held in the time of Edward by a freedman of Stigand, Archbishop of Canterbury. at the Conquest the Lordship was given to Ralph de Beaufoe, a relative of William de Beaufoe, bishop of Thetford and chancellor to the new King. Ralph's daughter Agnes granted a large part of the lordship to a new cathedral Monastery of the Holy Trinity in Norwich, for the foundation of a dependent priory of four monks. The new priory church of Saint Mary thus one of five cells dependent on Norwich Cathedral Priory: Saint Leonards Norwich, Saint Nicholas Yarmouth, Saint Margaret's Lynne (King's Lynn) and saint Edmunds at Hoxne in Suffolk. Aleby seems to have been more of a Grange, a farming out-post than the other four cells. In 1275, when William Roscelyn purchased the Aldeby lordship, leaving the Priory with 800 acres, a mill. "Blomefield". The rambling, odd-shaped church, looking its best outside, has something from Norman days. The story of the neighbouring farm is as old, for it has remains of a small priory founded about 1110. Part of the priory wall, propped up by buttresses, still defies time and is golden with jessamine in due season;and the old chapel with the arch where the altar stood is still part of the house. The tower stands between a 12th-century nave and a chancel of about 1300, its side arches opening on to a 700 year old transept 33 feet long. The 100-feet nave, so long that an extra altar stands under the tower, has the finest thing here in its beautiful norman doorway, with capitals on triple shafts and fine zig-zag in the arch. The nave has also a Norman window, with old glass showing flowers. The fine sedilia and piscina are 600 years old; the font, 100 years younger, has heads of women and monks, and a Jacobean cover. A 15th century chest has three locks and a slit for money.

Aldeby Saint Mary the Virgin Church.NR34-0AB.

Nearby Aldeby Priory: Benedictine monks, dependent on Norwich; founded c. 1100-1119 (during the reign of Henry I ) by Herbert de Losinga, Bishop of Norwich; lack of evidence for a conventual church infers that the monks officiated at the parochial church of St Mary which was granted to the priory; granted to the Dean and Prebendary of Norwich.

My kind of church, from its ornate Door handle, its Norman zig-zag doorway to its elaboritly decorated organ and its bier, not only one, but two. a hand held lift one, and one that the coffin could have been pushed on. The church even had grafetti. One church not to be missed. No Toilet.


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