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Fritton, Saint Edmund Church, NR31-9EZ.
Fritton, Saint Edmund Church, NR31-9EZ.



Fritton, Saint Edmund Church, Possibly a church built in the ages of King Canute, though the age is really placed as unknown. there has been a church in Fritton for 900 years though. proof of that lives in the Saxon finds unearthed. There is Lisene strip-work outside of the apse, (the only example in the county) The other Saxon features are:- Walls with level stone rows, walls batter, low wall plate, apsidal chancel, groined roof, mural recess and single-light windows. The church is dedicated to Edmund, King and Martyr who was killed by arrows in A.D. 870. The church was extensively restored in 1855, and further work in 1926. The building has a thatched roof. Fritton, Saint Edmund Church, near Long Stratton, round west tower with octagonal upper storey, 3 bells, nave, chancel and south porch. The base of the tower is Norman, and a doorway of that period leads into the vestry. The rest of the church is a mixture of Decorated and Perpendicular. The ancient rood screen remains with paintings. There are some good mural paintings, one of Saint George and the Dragon, another of Saint Christopher. There is a holy water stoup outside, as well as inside the porch.
(Saint Christopher was a Canaanite, 5 cubits (7.5 feet (2.3 m)) tall and with a fearsome face. While serving the king of Canaan, he took it into his head to go and serve "the greatest king there was". He went to the king who was reputed to be the greatest, but one day he saw the king cross himself at the mention of the devil. On thus learning that the king feared the devil, he departed to look for the devil. He came across a band of marauders, one of whom declared himself to be the devil, so Christopher decided to serve him. But when he saw his new master avoid a wayside cross and found out that the devil feared Christ, he left him and enquired from people where to find Christ. He met a hermit who instructed him in the Christian faith. Christopher asked him how he could serve Christ. When the hermit suggested fasting and prayer, Christopher replied that he was unable to perform that service. The hermit then suggested that because of his size and strength Christopher could serve Christ by assisting people to cross a dangerous river, where they were perishing in the attempt. The hermit promised that this service would be pleasing to Christ. After Christopher had performed this service for some time, a little child asked him to take him across the river. During the crossing, the river became swollen and the child seemed as heavy as lead, so much that Christopher could scarcely carry him and found himself in great difficulty. When he finally reached the other side, he said to the child: "You have put me in the greatest danger. I do not think the whole world could have been as heavy on my shoulders as you were." The child replied: "You had on your shoulders not only the whole world but Him who made it. I am Christ your king, whom you are serving by this work." The child then vanished).

Fritton, Saint Edmund Church, NR31-9EZ.


Fritton, Saint Edmund Church, NR31-9EZ.
Fritton, Saint Edmund Church, NR31-9EZ.
Fritton, Saint Edmund Church, NR31-9EZ.
Fritton, Saint Edmund Church, NR31-9EZ.
Fritton, Saint Edmund Church, NR31-9EZ.
Fritton, Saint Edmund Church, NR31-9EZ.
Fritton, Saint Edmund Church, NR31-9EZ.