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East Winch All Saint's Church.
East Winch All Saint's Church.


East Winch, All Saints Church near King's Lynn, has square west tower, a clock and 1 bell, a nave with aisles, chancel and south organ chamber built on the site of the ancient mortuary chapel of the Howards, Dukes of Norfolk. also a south porch. There is a Sanctus bell cot over the chancel arch. This parish is mainly in the Perpendicular style, and there is a good deal of local carrstone in the walls. There is a brass tablet on the east wall of the organ chamber recording the burial of Sir William Howard, Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, died in 1309, and ten of his descendants up to 1450. There are also memorials to the Kent, Curl, Forster and Barnes families, including one with a curious inscription to William Barnes J.P. who died 1657. There is a handsome hammer-beam roof to the nave, designed by the late Sir Gilbert Scott. Some old stone coffins lids were found during a restoration have been preserved. The font bears the Arms of the Howard family. There is an ancient chest and a black letter bible, dated 1611. Cautley wrote, west tower, south porch, nave, and north and south aisles and chancel. The tower is very unusual because in lieu of a buttress at the south west corner it has the tower stairs built out at an angle of 45 degrees. This projection is carried right up above the parapet and is finished with a pinnacle. There is a nice Sanctus bell turret over the nave with traceried sides and pinnacled top. In the tower is the original floor of the ringing chamber, with arch-braced tie beams and wall posts supported by carved corbels. The nave arcades are 15th century. Early 15th century octagonal font with the Howard coat of Arms on it, a little unusual because sides of the bowl are not panelled out. The present cover is said to be copied from the original. There is a beautiful south aisle roof with arch-braced principals and good traceried spandrils. Early 15th century benches in south and north aisles, and in north aisle are a Stuart table and good Norman pillar piscina with twisted shaft and cushion capital. Three panels remain of 15th century base of screen, simple but coloured. The roof nave is modern but probably a copy of the old one. There is a window above the chancel arch. There is a dropped window sill sedilia. And a set of George III Arms and a draw bar to south door let into wall. (LOCKED)


Postcode PE32 1NQ.
East Winch All Saint's Church.
East Winch All Saint's Church.
East Winch All Saint's Church.