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Antingham Saint Mary Church.
Antingham Saint Mary Church.



Antingham Saint Mary Church, west tower, south porch, nave, and chancel (no chancel arch). This church has a plain 14th century tower and nave 26 feet wide an arch-braced roof, no collar. Typical 13th century font on columns and 15th century glass in the tracery of north nave showing angels striking bells. There are two heads on north and south walls of chancel, which probably had to do with the lenten veil. Nice Calthorpe brass 1562, with 19 children. In the same churchyard are the ruins of Saint Margaret's Church, fenced off for safety. The gable end was being restored whilst I was there (2018). 3 miles north west of North Walsham. There where once two churches here in the same graveyard, erected by two sisters, I have heard this said before of Reedham and its three churches in one yard. The latter here Saint Margaret's has long been a ruins. The tower is now overgrown with ivy as shown, The ivy has done a great deal of damage, and the wide crack down the centre of the west side of the tower had opened considerably and that there was possibility of the tower entirely collapsing. The latter sentence was added by Messent, he also went on to say: near North Walsham, square west tower, 1 bell, nave chancel and south porch, which was rebuilt in 1882, after the old one had been blown down. Mainly 14th century work throughout.Memorials to the Fermour, Keeson, and Kemp families. Brasses on one of which is portrayed figures of Richard Calthrop, Esq., and his children. Antingham as you see elsewhere in this county, has two churches in one churchyard. The legend is two sister's built both churches in the same churchyard, I was told this by a bartender in Walcott, the church pamplet says, " the reason for the two churches here perhaps has something to do with divided lordship of manorial land and may be very ancient, Certainly Saint Margaret's, the ruined church, shows evidence of 12th century work" The present building of Saint Mary's on the other hand, dates from around 1330. The church probably built within a period of 30 years. This can be dated from the style of window.only the font, made of Purbeck Marble dates earlier from around 1225. Purbeck stone from Dorset seems to be well used in the Norfolk county in other churches. Its a bit like lime being used as a wood of choice for wood carvers today.

I was very happy when i called at this church, as not only was I able to cross off another church on my list, but also another that stood delapidated in the church grounds. The weather had been lovely for the few days I had set myself on trawling a few churches. And when I arrived there were pumpkins inside. A not to be missed church. Disabled friendly, but no tiolet.


Antingham Saint Mary Church. Postcode: NR28-0NL.

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Antingham Saint Mary Church.
Antingham Saint Mary Church.