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Frettenham, Saint Swithin Church, NR12-7NW.

Frettenham, Saint Swithin Church, NR12-7NW.



Frettenham Saint Swithin Church, Closed, locked on the day I visited, this such a shame as a local was here too visiting and out for a walk. written by H. Munro Cautley as having the chancel rebuilt, plain 14th century tower with sound holes, 14th century porch, 14th century arcades with small quatrefoil clerestory windows, a 13th century font on a new shaft. Modern roofs, and fittings, a few old simple benches in north aisles and a simple Stuart table. 15th century carved chest and fragments of glass can be found in the chancel windows. There is sufficient parking for around 15 cars. Frettenham or Fretham, meaning: Fraetta's homestead, Old English Froeta, (a nickname meaning "wanton) + ham (homestead). Two Mass Dials. Frettenham Saint Swithin Church, near Coltishall, square west tower, 2 bells, nave with aisles, chancel and south porch. Mainly of the Decorated period. The chancel was rebuilt in 1869. The clerestory windows are round. The nave arcades and piers are well moulded and of good proportion. A curious niche was discovered in the north wall, near the doorway, during restoration, when some mural paintings were discovered. There are some ancient brasses. Several of the internal fittings are modern. This 600 year old church, reached by a lychgate and a path shaded by limes. A 17th century brick parapet crowns the old tower, and a door swinging on ancient hinges opens to the nave, divided from its aisles by arcades on clustered columns. Above them are the small quatrefoil windows of the clerestory. There are a few old poppyhead benches, and a 15th century chest with fine carving of traceried arches on the front and ends. The chancel has two angels in old glass in the tracery of 14th century window, and the big bowl of the font comes perhaps from the end of the 12th century. Alice Burnham has been there in enduring brass since 1430, her portrait showing her in a veiled headdress and a wide-sleeved gown. only five years younger is the brass of Margaret Whyte in horned headress. There is a floorstone to William Drake, a purser on HMS Centaur who was kept prisoner in India for ten years by Hyder Ali and Tippoo Sahib in the early days before Trafalger. Near the village at Stanninghall, an old grey tower is all that is left of a church which became ruinous in the time of Queen Elizabeth I.

Frettenham, Saint Swithin Church, Postcode: NR12-7NW.
Frettenham, Saint Swithin Church, NR12-7NW.
Frettenham, Saint Swithin Church, NR12-7NW.
Frettenham, Saint Swithin Church, NR12-7NW.
Frettenham, Saint Swithin Church, NR12-7NW.
Frettenham, Saint Swithin Church, NR12-7NW.
Frettenham, Saint Swithin Church, NR12-7NW.