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East Bilney Saint Mary's Church,

East Bilney Saint Mary's Church.



East Bilney Saint Mary's Church, For me disabled, a long walk from the notice board, only to find the church locked at first attempt. I took a few photos, but returned later after speaking to some lovely people, I was given directions to two other churches, and in return I gave them a new notice board. I hope it was of use. Saint Mary's Church at East Bilney shone once I was in. The sun glistened and I felt truly at home. The tower, altered from its tall plain unbuttressed state, now stands parapet and buttresses erect. it is said to have suffered damage by rebels on their way to the Kett's Rebellion of Norwich during 1549. The belfry carries a 1625 dated bell, cast by the foundry of Alice Brend of Norwich. Bilney or Bilenei, meaning: An island on a beak of land> The first element is Old English bile meaning a beak. It could be a personal name, but more likely to be used in a topographical sense. The second element again Old English eg (island). Detector finds have been made nearby or spurs and sword hilts, and a nearby field is called "Bloodfield". 1644. East Bilney Saint Mary's Church, west tower, south porch, nave, south transept and chancel. This church has been too much rebuilt and restored to have much interest, but the site has every indication of an early foundation. With its square west tower, 1 bell, nave, chancel, south chapel or small transept, and south porch with parvis. There has been a great deal of restoration here, and most of the church is new work on old foundations, mainly in Decorated style. Part of the tower was destroyed during Keett's Rebellion, and was not built up again until 1906. There is a memorial window to Thomas Bilney, the martyr, who was a native of this village. He was burnt at Norwich, 19th August, 1531.


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East Bilney Saint Mary's Church,
East Bilney Saint Mary's Church,
East Bilney Saint Mary's Church,
East Bilney Saint Mary's Church,
East Bilney Saint Mary's Church,
East Bilney Saint Mary's Church,
East Bilney Saint Mary's Church,
East Bilney Saint Mary's Church,
East Bilney Saint Mary's Church,
East Bilney Saint Mary's Church,
East Bilney Saint Mary's Church,
East Bilney Saint Mary's Church,
East Bilney Saint Mary's Church,
East Bilney Saint Mary's Church,