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Denton Saint Mary the Virgin Church
Denton Saint Mary the Virgin Church


Denton Saint Mary the Virgin Church, west tower, north porch, nave, north and south aisles and chancel. Half the round Norman tower remains, the rest having been most curiously restored, part in brick and part in flint. The porch is plain outside but inside is vaulted with interesting bosses. In the cenre is the assumption and around it are the Annunciation, the Nativity, The Resurrection and the Asension. Over it is a parvise. There is a simple 15th century font and a small window over chancel arch. The Arms of George III and also those of Victoria in plaster. There is a great deal of ancient glass, mostly armorial and a chest with painted panels of saints. These are said to have come from the old loft screen, and probably did, but from their small scale, must have come from the roof loft. Denton Saint Mary the Virgin Church, near Harleston, where at the church i met a lovely couple called I think Stan and Evelyn, from Harleston. There to place wreaths on friends and families memorials. They made me feel very welcome and I could have spent all day talking to!  At Sain Mary's with its square west tower, incorporating a portion of the original round tower in the north-east angle, contains a clock, and 3 bells, nave with aisles, chancel, north porch and parvise. Mainly late Decorated and Early Perpendicular, with earlier work incorporated. The tower was raised 10 feet in 1843. There is some ancient stained glass. There is a memorial to the Ven. W.A. Bouverie, late rector and Archdeacon of Norfolk, died 1877. There are memorial tablets to Robert Rogerson, M.A., died 1684, and to Matthew Postlethwayte, rector and Archdeacon of Norfolk, died 1745; also George Sandby, Chancellor of the diocese of Norwich and rector here for 56 years, died 1807. Arthur Mee wrote: Greeting Alburgh's soaring tower a mile away, the flint church of Denton stands on a hill in the quiet of green fields between the village and the River Waveney, and from its hill looks down to where fine oaks cast shadows on the rectors lawn. A curious thing is Denton's tower; its lower part is half-round, half-square, and the rest is all square. We pass under the vaulted roof of the old porch, with its five stone bosses carved with scenes in the life of Our Lord, into a church which is mainly 14th century. Tall arches open to tower and chancel, elaborate quatrefoil windows crown the arcades, and framed in the 600 year old east window is a rich medley of old glass. There is a double niche above a single one with trefoiled arch covered with roses, and by its side is a fine stone seat with roses to match. There is an unusual piscina with a beautifully carved drain, and a chest made from the old oak screen, still with paintings of saints. There is a chest said to have been made up with painted panels from the screen, but the panels in question are unusually small. The twelve figures are: east end of chest Agnes and Dorothy; Jude, Peter, a bishop, one uncertainuncertain, Zita or Citha with rosary, Barbara, Edmund, edward the Confessor; west Walstan in ermine with scythe, and Paul.


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Denton Saint Mary the Virgin Church
Denton Saint Mary the Virgin Church
Denton Saint Mary the Virgin Church
Denton Saint Mary the Virgin Church
Denton Saint Mary the Virgin Church
Denton Saint Mary the Virgin Church
Denton Saint Mary the Virgin Church
Denton Saint Mary the Virgin Church
Denton Saint Mary the Virgin Church
Denton Saint Mary the Virgin Church
Denton Saint Mary the Virgin Church
Denton Saint Mary the Virgin Church
Denton Saint Mary the Virgin Church
Denton Saint Mary the Virgin Church
Denton Saint Mary the Virgin Church