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Costessey, Saint Edmund Church,
Costessey, Saint Edmund Church, NR8-5DG.



Closed when I first called at Costessey Saint Edmund's Church, the church giving addresses of two properties, (No Postcodes), not good for a stranger to a town or village that they don't know, after walking to a near B&B, I went back to the church. A groundsman had just turned up with a key, he let me in. After having lost nearly the best part of an hour, I wasn't able to pay as much attention to this church as I'd have wanted. I saw inside, An octagonal font, raised shields once painted, carvings of heads on the angles of this too. Costessey, or Costessia, mostly from Old English meaning Cost's Island. The rood screen in the chancel was very nice and even shows the Green Man if you look hard enough (I couldn't), Saint Edmund is shown in the stained glass windows of the east window.And outside the tower, much dating from the 1300s, has a round stairway leading up a square formation, topped with a spire. Work on the spire and roof had recently been done, (a roofers bucket still perched on top) At Costessey Hall nearby built last century and is partly pulled down, and from its tower of the ruins there is a fine view over Norwich. Only a few hundred yards away is an Elizabethan house in a delightful old world garden. It may have been the dower house for the old hall with Mary Tudor knew! There she was the guest of Henry Jerningham, to whom she gave the manor as a reward for his faithful support of her cause. He was her first notable adherent. From the garden we see through the trees the ragged gray wall left from an ancient friary, and in the opposite direction we look out to a red tower known in the village as Mary's Tower, the tradition being that Mary Tudor was taken there by the Jerninghams when it was no longer safe for her to be in her house. There is a memorial to Mary Jerningham 1773 by sculptor Thomas Rawlins.

Costessey, Saint Edmund Church, Postcode, NR8-5DG.
Costessey, Saint Edmund Church,
Costessey, Saint Edmund Church,
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Costessey, Saint Edmund Church,
Costessey, Saint Edmund Church,
Costessey, Saint Edmund Church,
Costessey, Saint Edmund Church,