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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.

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