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Gillingham, Saint Mary Church, NR11-.



Gillingham Saint Mary's Church. I bought a little book about "A day's excursion among the churches of South-East Norfolk," Charles E. Keyser. MA, FSA, this is what he had to say about Gillingham Saint Mary's Church. Here were originally two parish churches and slight remains of two more chapels or churches are still in existence. The two churches of Saint Mary and All Saints stand side by side, about sixty yards apart, separated by the private drive leading up to the Hall. Of All Saints there now remains only a flint tower of 15th century date, almost entirely concealed by ivy; but in the present parish church of Saint Mary we find a singular and early building, much injured by excessive and injudicious restoration. He goes on to mention zig-zag in the arches and a double cone and scallop ornament, a sign of the church being Norman. At the west end are preserved two panels of the 15th century rood screen with a diaper pattern on a red ground and guilding on the spandrils.  Perpendicular windows in the west wall.

Gillingham Saint Mary's Church, Postcode: NR11-