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Fritton Saint Catherine Church NR15 2QU


Fritton Saint Catherine Church, near Long Stratton, round west tower, with octagonal upper story, 3 bells, nave, chancel, and south porch. The chancel is lower than the nave, is apsidal and vaulted. from its east window is said to have come a head now in the east window of Herringfleet church. The restored screen with wheelwork tracery is early; there is a Saint Christopher on the north wall. The base of the tower is Norman, and a doorway of that period leads to the vestry. the rest of the church is mixture of Decorated and Perpendicular. the ancient rood screen remains with paintings. There are some good mural paintings, one of St George and the Dragon, another of Saint Christoher. There is a holy water stoup outside, as well as inside the porch. (Messent) Fritton Saint Catherine Church, west tower, south porch, nave and chancel. The tower is round and probably Norman, as is the north doorway in nave. Modern roofs and fittings and large paintings of Saint Christopher and Saint George and Dragon on north wall of nave. The south door has the lock rail dated 1619 and with the churchwardens initials. Traditional font, low-side window to north and the lower part of early 16th coloured screen, with portraits of the donor, John Bacon and his wife and children, the Four Latin Doctors, Saint Simon with fish and Saint Jude with a boat. It has pictures and portraits for us to see, precious things of days gone by for this little place to keep. The Normans built the round tower of the church, a shy, aisleless little place, but the 15th century gave it a new top and the whole tower has been refaced. The old studded door lets us into the 15th century nave, in which the original font still stands with its lions and angels. The chancel is a century older. Two chairs are Jacobean. The medieval oak screen (about 1510) has been well restored, but its panels have still their fine old paintings, and quaint carvings in their spandrels, where we see a golden-winged dragon attacked by Saint George with a huge red spear, unicorns attacking each other with their horns, and a winged griffin. Out back, were a bier, and a set of grave foot markers in a pile. I cannot think why people's ancestry is in deed treated in this way. If my parents, or any of my family, I would cry. Surely they would have been better stacking near the head stone! The bier is supposed to be for the church to use in as a funeral aide. Its left to rot.

Fritton Saint Catherine Church, Postcode: NR15 2QU.