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Catfield All Saints Church NR29 5DA,



Catfield All Saints Church, near Potter Heigham, square west tower, 5 bells, nave with aisles, chancel and south porch. The style is mainly early Perpendicular. There is a rood screen with good carving. In 1840 many fine mural paintings were discovered, but unfortunately were covered up again. There are memorials to the Cubitt, Prowett and Story families. (Messent) west tower, south porch, nave, north and south aisles and chancel. The porch has a parvise over it. The 15th century font is battlemented and traceried and under the tower arch is woodwork dated 1605. 14th century arcades but no clerestory, has faint paintings all along each side. Arch-braced roofs to aisles with traceried spandrils, but modern roofs to nave and chancel. Nice 15th century screen which it will be noticed was covered on the west, but not on the east, where the spandrils are carved. The whole screen has been painted brown save the painted panels of sixteen Kings all with gold crowns and sceptres, their red and green gowns lined with ermine. The chancel is shallowly arcaded and vaulting shafts go up to take the former roof. Arms inscribed for Victoria but obviously Georgian. There is an hour glass stand at back of pulpit and a banner stave locker north ot tower arch. The church is on its way to Barton Broad, and the priest's room (parvise) reminds us of the time when winter roads were hard to travel. A bishop's head is carved over the doorway through which we enter. An ancient mass dial is on the wall. There are two tablets to men fallen in eternal wars that fret the outposts of the Empire. (Cautley and Mee)

Catfield All Saints Church NR29 5DA.