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Baconsthorpe, Saint Mary Church, NR25-6LT.
Baconsthorpe, Saint Mary Church, NR25-6LT.



Close to Baconsthorpe Castle, an extensive ruin of a moated and fortified 15th century manor house built by the Heydon family, the church of Saint Mary's in the same building holds what is called an Easter Sepulchre, Easter Sepulchres are usually located on the north wall of the chancel. The Crucifix and sacred elements in commemoration of Christ's entombment and resurrection are deposited there from Good Friday to Easter Day, Easter Sepulchres are only found in England and Wales and are usually made of wood, the one at Baconsthorpe is one of only a few in Norfolk made of stone. No toilet, long walk for disabled. Mortlock and Roberts wrote: A restrained, yet elegant little church. The tower was rebuilt in 1740, having fallen down the previous year, a neat reproduction, in the Perpendicular style. The body of the church is mainly of the Decorated period, with Perpendicular windows. The chancel is older pre-1300, but fairly heavily restored. There are some appealing things inside: a little screen at the end of the north aisle (one authority says it used to be in Bessingham Church, a few miles away) it's beautifully simple and unaffected, and Perpendicular in date, another under the tower looks as if it were made from old bench backs. The angled double piscina in the chancel is lovely, simple  and rural, and like its adjoining sedilia is 13th century. Opposite a 14th century Easter Sepulchre, a bit of pomp in miniature, all crockets and arches. Crammed into the south aisle is a huge monument to Sir William Heydon and his wife, 1592 The Heydon's were great folk hereabouts for a century - one of them rebuilt Salthouse Church) There is also a memorial to William Barker-Rush 1777 by sculptor Thomas Rawlins. Ancestor links to Ling (E) /Lyng.


David and Goliath

King David was considered to be a man after Gods own heart and are most famous for defeating the giant Goliath when he was only a shepherd boy.

The Old Testament, The Book Of 1 Samuel, Chapters 16 and 17.

Story

When King Saul sinned in the eyes of God, God became very displeased with him and commanded Samuel, His prophet, to anoint another man to be king after Saul. Samuel followed the directions of God and was led to the home of a man named Jesse who came from the tribe of Benjamin. Jesse had eight sons, seven of whom were shown to Samuel. Samuel thought that surely the Lord would pick one of them as they were strong and fine in appearance. The Lord, however, told Samuel that He does not consider a person’s outward appearance but instead looks at their heart. Samuel was told to anoint the youngest son, who was a shepherd boy; this boy was called David.


Baconsthorpe, Saint Mary Church, Postcode: NR25-6LT.

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Baconsthorpe, Saint Mary Church, NR25-6LT.
Baconsthorpe, Saint Mary Church, NR25-6LT.
Baconsthorpe, Saint Mary Church, NR25-6LT.
Baconsthorpe, Saint Mary Church, NR25-6LT.
Baconsthorpe, Saint Mary Church, NR25-6LT.
Baconsthorpe, Saint Mary Church, NR25-6LT.
Baconsthorpe, Saint Mary Church, NR25-6LT.
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Baconsthorpe, Saint Mary Church, NR25-6LT.
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