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Haddiscoe, Saint Mary Church.
Haddiscoe, Saint Mary Church.



High on a hill, Haddiscoe Saint Marys Church with its round tower dominates the sky line! The church near Loddon has 5 bells, nave, north aisle, chancel and south porch. The Round Tower itself is Saxon/ Norman with triangular headed windows. The main structure is around a century in build later formed, this during the Perpendicular Period when windows were added. There is a south Norman doorway with a statue of the bishop over it. Haddiscoe has a lovely font, double piscina with trefoil arches. There  is an incised marble slab in the nave to Dutchman Jan Piers. Piers was master of the dykes in the neighbourhood, he died 1525. There is also a memorial to William Salter a Yarmouth coachman who was killed outside the church in 1776. Haddiscoe war memorial is located on an area of high ground in the churchyard to the south-east of the Grade I-listed Church of St Mary and the Grade II-listed Monument to William Salter. The memorial takes the form of a limestone cross pattée with a slightly tapering four-sided shaft, which rises from a two-stepped base. The east face of the cross-head has small, square flint tiles inserted into each arm and arranged in a circular pattern at the centre. Similar tiles are inserted in a geometric pattern down the east and west faces of the shaft. The whole stands on a stone slab foundation. The names and inscriptions are carried on the base. The First World War dedication is to the east face of the lower step and reads, THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 – 1918/ HAVING DIED THEY ARE NOT DEAD. The names of 20 servicemen who died are recorded on the four faces of the upper step, with a further three names listed on the west face of the lower step. The lettering is incised. Affixed to the north face of the bottom step is an oval-shaped, cast bronze plaque carrying the Second World War dedication, 1939/ (6 NAMES)/ & LATER FROM INJURIES/ (1 NAME)/1945. There is a wall mural depicting Saint Christopher. Haddiscoe Saint Marys Church, west tower, south porch, nave, noth aisle and chancel. The round tower is interesting because I think it is pre-Conquest, though it is banded at every stage which is unusual. Double triangular-headed belfry windows withslab and central shaft. There is a table course and above this a later chequered parapet. Inside, on the east side of tower is an arch 10' springingly and only 3' 9" wide, and above this 16ft. up the customary doorway. The 15th century porch retains its contemporary roof and there is a fine Norman south doorway with niche above of the same date, of a seated figure in a chasuble with hands raised in blessing, that may be intended for our Lord, though it is not nimbed. Simple arch-braced roof (no collar) but modern benches. Traditional 15th century font, fragments of a Saint Christopher and nice 13th century double piscina with columns and trefoiled arches over.

Haddiscoe Saint Marys Church, Postcode:
Haddiscoe, Saint Mary Church.
Haddiscoe, Saint Mary Church.
Haddiscoe, Saint Mary Church.
Haddiscoe, Saint Mary Church.
Haddiscoe, Saint Mary Church.
Haddiscoe, Saint Mary Church.
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Haddiscoe, Saint Mary Church.
Haddiscoe, Saint Mary Church.
Haddiscoe, Saint Mary Church.