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Cranworth Saint Mary's Church.
Cranworth Saint Mary's Church.



Cranworth Saint Mary's Church, Here we are at Cranworth, or Craneworda, meaning an enclosure round a homestead where cranes are seen. cran (crane) + worth (an enclosure round a homestead). From the moment we arrive, what greets you are a set of stocks, these set on the field beside the driveway to the church. Not many villages still have these deterrents that named and shamed many wrongdoers. A law passed in 1405 is said to state that every village should have a set. These much later in design than some, and unlike the ones in King's Lynn Gaol House, are sitting with legs/feet pinned, rather than standing and leaning over. Cranworth Saint Mary's Church, near Hardingham has a square west tower and spire, 3 bells, nave with aisles, but no clerestory, chancel and south porch. It is mainly of the Decorated period and has been much restored, especially the windows, which have good tracery. There are many handsome monuments, especially those to the Gurdon family of Letton Hall, close by, one being by T. Stafford sculptor: they date from about the middle of the 17th century.
On entering the wrought iron fence, one finds this building with tower with wooden bell sound window style holes and spire atop. Though a small village only set on 1,138 acres, the church looks very impressive. Inside on entering by a front porch, the church reveals in all its slendour a North and South aisle directly in front, tower to the right and choirs vestry space straight on. To the left is the chancel and reverends vestry left of that. The church retains its bench pews, and has a beautiful alter to gaze on. One spectacular thing is a East window second to none. It shows heraldry and is of the 16th century. Names include: Swathing, Morley, Bardolf, Brampton, Sharnbourne + Brampton, Sharlington + Swathing +Pirton, Spelman +Narburgh + Froyk, Spelman + Narburgh, Knyvett + Fitzwalter + Burnell + De Moulton, and Felbrigg + Erpingham or Walcot.  The organ is built of constructed by Norman & Beard Ltd of London.

Cranworth Saint Mary's Church, Postcode IP25 7SQ

Cranworth Saint Mary's Church.
Cranworth Saint Mary's Church.
Cranworth Saint Mary's Church.
Cranworth Saint Mary's Church.
Cranworth Saint Mary's Church.


Cranworth Saint Mary's Church.
Cranworth Saint Mary's Church.
Cranworth Saint Mary's Church.
Cranworth Saint Mary's Church.
Cranworth Saint Mary's Church.
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Cranworth Saint Mary's Church.
Cranworth Saint Mary's Church.
Cranworth Saint Mary's Church.
Cranworth Saint Mary's Church.
Cranworth Saint Mary's Church.