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Geldeston Saint Michael Church NR34 0LW


Geldeston Saint Michael Church, The earliest evidence of engineered roads dates back to the 1st century BC. A metalled and cambered road, 1.5 metres high and six metres wide, was unearthed at Bayston Hill quarry, near Shrewsbury. A timber road was preserved in peat in Geldeston Norfolk, with tree rings suggesting a date of 75 BC, probably built by the Iceni tribe. Near Beccles, round west tower, 1 bell, nave, north transept, chancel and south porch. The tower is Norman at the base, Early English above, with lancet windows. The rest of the church is a mixture of Decorated and Perpendicular. There has been much restoration, and many of the internal fittings are modern. There are three piscina and an old altar stone. The rood loft staircase has been reopened. (Messent) West tower, south porch, nave, north transept and chancel. This church has been very much restored and rebuilt. It has a round tower which is probably Norman and a 15th century font with armorial shields and inscribed base. Long before the Normans built this round tower the Romans found an abiding place at Geldeston and the British Museum found an abiding vessel they left behind them here. The height of the tower was raised  by the first English builders 700 years ago, and the rest of the church as we see it is mainly 15th century. The chancel, however, is modern, and on one of its roof corbels is a serpent stinging an apple on a tree, done by a medieval craftsman apparently thinking of Eve in the garden. Two 17th century chairs are carved and inlaid, the old font is carved with lions, roses, and angels, and the church keeps a fragment of its 16th century screen. A rector who was in this village for 62 years, John Fayerman, announced the news of Waterloo from the pulpit. Geldeston, scene of a once popular thriller, the House in the Marsh, and Gillingham, where the surviving church (there are two in the one churchyard) is good Norman, with apsidal end.

Geldeston Saint Michael Church NR34 0LW.