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Gorleston on Sea Saint Andrew Church NR31 6LS


Gorleston on Sea Saint Andrew Church, south porch, west tower, nave and two enormously wide aisles the whole length of church. The main entrance is in north aisle. Inside it is naturally dark because there is no clerestory, but this is accentuated by the dreadful 19th century glass which fills every window. 14th century arcade and 14th century north arcade. The south porch contains four 13th century sepulchre slabs. Seven sacrement font much mutilated, a good multi-cusped and crocketted wall tomb in north aisle, a 15th century chest and fine set of Arms to Charles I. Gorston, It stands at the gateway of Yarmouth's harbour, overlooking the River Yare and the sea. It has a lighthouse on the quay by the harbour mouth, and is loved for its sandy beach. We must imagine that its people live long, for in the churchyard are eight gravestones of centenarians. the great church, with room enough for a thousand, stands on a bank and it was perhaps on this site that Felix, Bishop of Dunwich, built a small wooden church in the 7th century. of the church that followed in the 10th century only rubble foundations are left below the pillars of the present building, which comes from three medieval centuries. The fine flint tower, with 127 steps climbing its 90 feet, was used as a watch-tower in old days and is still a good landmark, seen by the fishing fleet as it goes down to the sea and comes home with the catch. Its base, with a fine arch opening to the nave, is 13th century, and the rest of it is two centuries younger. the great arcades running the length of the church are chiefly 14th century, as is the chancel, and the porch which shelters four coffin lids with covered the bones of old priors of Gorleston. Guarding the doorway are battered heads of a King and a Queen. The 14th century sedilia and piscina are in the south chapel, which has been restored in memory of nearly 200 men who did not come back. The walls are lined with oak, and in a Te Deum (The Te Deum is a Latin Christian hymn composed in the 4th century.) window is Our Lord on a rainbow in a deep blue sky. A flag that flew at the Battle of Jutland is now at rest in this chapel, where lie many of the Bacons who were lords of the manor six and seven centuries ago. The splendid brass portrait of one of them (perhaps Sir John, who was mentioned in the Inquisition Rolls of 1292) is now in the lady chapel, showing him as a soldier in armour with sword and shield, his feet gone. It is a famous brass, for there are only five such figures with chain mail and crossed legs left in our churches.Two 14th century relics in the lady chapel are the piscina, and a  beautiful canopied tomb recess in which there is an ancient chest with iron bands and three locks; it is like half a tree trunk, it is highly treasured as it is thought to be Saxon. (Shown)

Gorleston on Sea Saint Andrew Church' Postcode: NR31 6LS
Gorleston on Sea Saint Andrew Church NR31 6LS
Gorleston on Sea Saint Andrew Church NR31 6LS