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Bylaugh, Saint Mary's Church, NR20-4QE.
Bylaugh, Saint Mary's Church, NR20-4QE.



Bylaugh, Saint Mary's Church, One of 124 churches in Norfolk with a round tower, this has the addition of an octagonal roof to the tower. Clearly seen from Swanton Morley, Bylaugh, one of two churches with similar names, the other being Belaugh. Both have the same meaning in that they both mean Belaga, The first element is obscure, although some argue that the name means "Funeral pyre enclosure, Pyre being a place for burning the dead/corpses". The second element is Olde English haga (enclosure). Bylaugh, Saint Mary's Church has, West tower, north porch, nave, north and south transepts and chancel. The tower is circular with late octagonal top. The church was practically rebuilt in 1810 and is very plain with box pews and a fine example of a three-decker pulpit. There is a very good brass to Sir John Curson and his wife, 1471 and arms to George III. Arthur Mee wrote of Bylaugh as a charming bit of countryside, where the River Wensum winds through the valley, and the great house, built last century in classical style, stands on the hillside in a park of a thousand acres. The tiny church for the very few people is lonely and hidden in trees between the park and river. Except for the tower, with its round Norman base and its octagonal belfry, it was made almost new over a century ago, and is plainly furnished with painted box-pews, from which rises an ordinary three-decker pulpit. It keeps a small 15th century font and two fine brass portraits of Sir John Curson and his wife. Sir John is a clean-shaven knight of the 15th century, in full armour, his spurred heels on a bearded lion as he stands on a plot of brass. His lady has a pointed chin and an archly tilted head, and two dogs are playing in the elaborate folds of her gown. In this little church a shepherd tendered his flock for the wonderful space of 72 years, along service beaten not six times in all England but surpassed once in Norfolk, at Ashill, by a record ministry of 76 years. From 1836, the year he was ordained, til 1908 when he died at 96, the Reverend Louis Norgate was vicar here. churchesofnorfolk by the Old Boi

Bylaugh, Saint Mary's Church, has a postcode of NR20-4QE
Bylaugh, Saint Mary's Church, NR20-4QE.
Bylaugh, Saint Mary's Church, NR20-4QE.
Bylaugh, Saint Mary's Church, NR20-4QE.
Bylaugh, Saint Mary's Church, NR20-4QE.
Bylaugh, Saint Mary's Church, NR20-4QE.
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Bylaugh, Saint Mary's Church, NR20-4QE.
Bylaugh, Saint Mary's Church, NR20-4QE.