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Aylsham Saint Michael Church NR11 6LW


Aylsham Saint Michael Church, square west tower with small spire, a clock and 10 bells, south porch with parvise, nave, north and south aisles, transepts, chancel and chancel aisles. 14th century tower with a poor base course but a fine west window of four lights. The base of the porch is 14th century, but in the 15th century they added the parvise. It has a fine canopied niche between two windows and good flush panelling. 14th century arcades, octagonal and round pillars alternating, and nice early 15th century font with the Crucifixion, Symbols of Passion and Emblems of the Passion on the bowl and armorial shield on the shaft including those of John the Gaunt. Modern roofs and benches. A great gallery under tower supported by wooden posts and arch-braced beams with traceried spandrils. Of the rood screen erected in 1507, there only remains the base with brattished middle rail and sixteen paited panels of saints and martyrs, with little angels at each side of their heads. Early Tudor Arms in glass of south east window. The style throughout is late Decorated and early Perpendicular. It was commenced in 1380, by John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster. Three handsome sedilia and a piscina in chancel. There is a tomb to Thomas Wymer, who defrayed most of the cost of the screen, with brass effigy in shroud, dated 1507: another brass to Richard Howard, Sheriff of Norwich, who in 1488 built the porch. Several other 15th century brasses. Several monuments, including those of Jermy Drake, Wrench, Norgate and Rushburgh families. Also another to Bishop Jegon of Norwich, died 1617. Some ancient stained glass. A fine pulpit, 1600 and 16th century plate.

Aylsham Saint Michael Church, Postcode: NR11 6LW