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Congham St Andrews Church.
Congham Saint Andrews Church.



Congham Saint Andrews Church, West tower, nave, and chancel. modern roof and fittings, typical 13th century Purbeck font, low-side window south and plain 14th century tower with quatrefoil sound holes. Built down a short hidden trackway, this beautiful church is another in my families ancestral territory, my father being registered as Congham, Congham with its square tower, Celtic crosses, part flint walls,  Congham, a quiet little place, with an avenue of limes and silver birches leading us to its 600 year old church, Congham Saint Andrews Church, we found on its walls the memorials of a family which gave one of its sons to lie among our kings in Westminster Abbey. They are the Spelmans who lived in a moated house in Congham Wood. There is a Latin inscription behind the pulpit declaring that Henry Spelman and his son John planned a chapel which Charles Spelman built when he became rector in 1684. The Spelman Chapel, like the Spelman house has disappeared, but Henry Spelman sleeps on in Westminster, Abbey. Aubrey says of him that he was a handsome gentleman, strong and valiant, and wore his sword till he was about 70 or more. He had enriched himself by marriage and was able to devote himself to scholarship and antiquities. He spent years on two great works on the English Law and the English Church, his compilation of early church documents being of immense value.  His son John shared his love of history and antiquity and succeeded his father in Parliament as member for Worcester. The King would have made him a secretary of state but he died prematurely two years after his father.
There is an old font in the church and an old piscina but little else of interest except a brass tablet to John Norris and his son, Elizabethans who lived in God's grace and died in his favour. The portrait of a parish clerk for 44 years; and a tablet to Thomas Bendish, probably a kinsman of the family into which Cromwell's extraordinary granddaughter Bridget married; she was Bridget Bendish and sleeps at Yarmouth.
I am really looking forward to getting inside and finding out more, but it goes to the end of the list, My father's registered place of birth on his birth certificate, though being born in the parish, father went on to be buried with mother at Terrington Saint Clement,

Congham Saint Andrews Church, Postcode: PE32 1DX
Congham St Andrews Church.
Congham St Andrews Church.
Congham St Andrews Church.
Congham St Andrews Church.
Congham St Andrews Church.
Congham St Andrews Church.
Congham St Andrews Church.
Congham St Andrews Church.






Congham St Andrews Church.
Congham St Andrews Church.
Congham St Andrews Church.
Congham St Andrews Church.
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