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East Lexham Saint Andrews Church

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St Andrew’s Church in East Lexham, Norfolk, one of the two round tower churches we visited on Sunday, is said to have the oldest round tower in the country.  The tower was built about 900AD.  Just to stand and look at some thing which was built by the Saxons, and is still in use as part of the church, is quite mind blowing, over one thousand years old and still standing.The church sits on a mound in a farmyard and sheep now keep the grass short in the churchyard. The church attached to the Saxon tower is most likely originally Norman, as the stone for church came from the Barnack quarry which was not opened until the 13th century.  The church has now been rendered over and its difficult to interpret the stones.  In the chancel there is a fine angle piscina from the 14th century.  The east window glass is believed to have been made by Clayton & Bell in about 1859. Information from Echoes of the Past Lyn Bloss. October 2005. An information panel inside the church states that in the course of repairs in 1963, the roof of a tunnel between the church and a vault to the north was pierced. The coffins of Frederick and Louisa Keppel and two of their children were revealed, and the tunnel was resealed. At the same time the churchyard wall was rebuilt and human remains were discovered, including those of a 'young man who had been shot through the base of the skull'. D. Robertson (NLA), 27 October 2005. It is a church not to be missed, for it has a tower that has stood over a thousand years, recently maintained that incorporated. plain by trim, the church stands on a bank under trees, charming grouped barns and a farmhouse with stepped gables and clustered patterned chimneys. Sheep often graize on the graveyard to keep the grass at a well maintained length. The Saxons built this round tower. Its crude window having a pillar between two lights, but a later age added the brick parapet. There are traces of Saxon long and short work in the nave. In the corner of the sedilia is a fine piscina and a carved chair is made up of an old stall and two miserere seats, one carved with a demon and one with a man's head. The unusual peace memorial to seven men is a great panel painted in medieval colours and set in an old blocked doorway; it shows a golden-winged Saint Michael with the dragon, a fine figure in armour with sword, weighing two souls against two demons in his scales.


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East Lexham Saint Andrews Church
East Lexham Saint Andrews Church
East Lexham Saint Andrews Church
East Lexham Saint Andrews Church
East Lexham Saint Andrews Church



East Lexham Saint Andrews Church
East Lexham Saint Andrews Church
East Lexham Saint Andrews Church
East Lexham Saint Andrews Church
East Lexham Saint Andrews Church
East Lexham Saint Andrews Church
East Lexham Saint Andrews Church
East Lexham Saint Andrews Church
East Lexham Saint Andrews Church
East Lexham Saint Andrews Church
East Lexham Saint Andrews Church