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Gateley Saint Helen's Church,

Gateley Saint Helen's Church.



Gateley Saint Helen's Church, Gateley, Gatelea, meaning a clearing where goats were kept. gate (goat) + leah (wood, grove, clearing). One of the prettiest little churches I have come across, possibly my favourite of my churches of Norfolk so far. This church, out of the way, but with ample parking and houses adjacent, has the splendour of a much larger building, it has screens showing what all churches would have looked like in their day!  Gateley has a stem Font with fleurons and a bowl with shields surrounded by crinkled leaves, it also has a Collar Beam with Hammer beams in the roof space, one part with spandrels, one without. Saint Helen's has the remains of an old bell inside. Something in this beautiful church to browse around. Gateley Saint Helen's Church, square west tower, 4 bells, nave, chancel, and north and south porches. The chancel was rebuilt and a vestry added in 1866. The rest of the church is mainly Perpendicular. The ancient rood screen has some painting on its lower panels, rather badly obliterated. One is a figure of John Shorn holding a boot in to which the Devil has been conjured. There is a memorial to Elizabeth Segrave 1727 by Robert Page sculptor. M.R. James stated there is some good old seating here, and the screen, which is repainted, has a very odd collection of figures: their names are added in careful but not very intelligent reproduction of the old lettering. From left they are: 1 Saint Audria, (Etheldreda) as abbess: 2, South Elisabetha, arms crossed on breast: 3, Saint Maria the Virgin, hand on breast (these perhaps making a group of the Visitation): 4, Sancta  Puella Ridibowne, a girl in a black habit with a book and a spray of flowers, who cannot be satisfactorily accounted for. South 5, Called Saint Louis in the books, seemed to me to be a Pope in a green cope, with a patriarchal double cross and a book in chemise-cover; 6 Rex Henricus VI with sceptre, orb, and clossed crown, in red mantle; 7, Sanctus (Illegible) , a bishop in cope with crosier and book, guessed to be Saint Augustine: 8 Magister Iohannes Schorn in cap and red habit, with boot and Devil in it.
The rood screen from Salle, and a bench-end from Gateley (with an identical example at Great Walsingham).


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Gateley Saint Helen's Church,
Gateley Saint Helen's Church,
Gateley Saint Helen's Church,
Gateley Saint Helen's Church,
Gateley Saint Helen's Church,


Gateley Saint Helen's Church,
Gateley Saint Helen's Church,
Gateley Saint Helen's Church,
Gateley Saint Helen's Church,
Gateley Saint Helen's Church,
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Gateley Saint Helen's Church,
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Gateley Saint Helen's Church,
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