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Gisleham Holy Trinity Church NR33 8DT



Gisleham Holy Trinity Church, prevously listed as a Suffolk Church this is listed with a Norfolk postcode. Externally this church exhibits an early Norman circular tower with late 15th century octagonal top, the engaged columns and caps of a blocked up 12th century north nave door, a stoup outside the south door and a scratch dial on south nave buttress. Inside the tower is of great interrest with its low Norman tower arch only 5' 2" wide. in the south east corner of the tower is a very unusual banner stave closeet. the opening of the latter is rebated for door and and only 6' 6" high, but behind the head of opening the space inside is carried up another 3'. A further feature is that in the eastern side of closet is a small recess or aumbry. A Sanctus Bell window exists in tower. The nave has a simple arch-braced roof now plastered and a font which, if generally of the usual East Anglian type, has the distinction of differing materially in the detail of the corbelling to bowl, having eight heads alternately male and female, exhibiting contemporary head dresses and in between heads, delightfully carved vine leaf ornament. On the easternmost jamb of the north east nave window is a painting of Saint Dorothy with an angel hovering above. What remains  of this painting is in unusually good order and most interesting. The rood beam and plastered tympanic filling above retain. The south east window of chancel has engaged columns to jambs inside and the sill is carried down inside to form sedilia, the actual seat now being formed of an early 13th century sepulchral slab with raised cross on same.

Gisleham Holy Trinity Church NR33 8DT