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Crostwight nr Honing All Saints Church NR28 9NP


Crostwight nr Honing All Saints Church, west tower, south porch, nave and chancel. Thatched roof to chancel and top of tower gone. Typical 13th century Purbeck marble font on eight columns, modern roofs and benches. Nice simple uncoloured square headed screen and Stuart table. Wall paintings of Saint Christopher and the Seven Deadly Sins are still faintly visible on walls. (Cautley)  near North Walsham square west tower, 1 bell, nave, chancel and south porch. Mainly in the early Decorated style. The rood screen remains and the old roof. The font is Norman. There are two stone coffin lids in the chancel and a brass dated 1447. Some large mural paintings were discovered on the north wall in 1848. There are memorials to the Shepheard family. What a beautiful little church, having not been able to walk, and the neighbour next door letting us have the key and driving along what at first looked like a headland. Myself and a friend Ray ventured some short walk to this delightful little place. The sun was shining and I was immediately drawn to thoughts of the lovely sunny evenings spent outside here if that was where I lived. This is a tiny parish of 766 acres, which is small even for this part of Norfolk. The population is less than 100. A gravestone in the churchyard tells of a farmer who came from Scotland during the agricultural depression of 1934 and farmed all the fields around this church. The building dates from the 13th century, about 1280, when the Early English Gothic style was being widely adopted in the county. Now it bears many signs of rebuilding and partial repairs, but survives basically the same. The tower became dangerous and so in 1910, the upper part, including the entire belfry, was taken down and capped with a pyramidal roof of red pantiles. The bell was rehung lower down. There are altogether six grimacing grotesques, three on either side, placed to discourage Satan from entering the church, two are shown in the images, so to a sketch of how this church would have looked with its tower intact. The rood screen is early medieval, it features in spandrils, the Pelican in her piety, pheasants, a man's skeleton, a heart with wings, a green man and a pair of hares. There is mention too of a previous rector, of one Henry Lesyngham, who served at Banningham, he died 5th of April, 1497. The style of the letters indicate that it was made in the Norwich worshop of William Heyward, prominent in this trade and also a glazier.The font is of Purbeck marble, this cut with a pair of shallow arches on each side. A church not to be missed.

Crostwight nr Honing All Saints Church NR28 9NP.