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Happisburgh Saint Mary the Virgin Church NR12 0PN


Happisburgh Saint Mary the Virgin Church, Near Stalham, lofty square west tower (110 feet high), 5 bells, nave with aisles, chancel and south porch. The chancel is Decorated and the rest Perpendicular. The font is a very fine example. The rood screen is of much interest. The view from the tower is magnificent. (Messent) west tower, south porch, nave, north and south aisles and chancel. The 110' high tower has a good base course, the lower part panelled with stone and filled with flint, and above this a stone trail. It has a great west window, lovely sound holes and flint parapet. The south porch has a parvise and a most unusual roof with diagonal beams and a boss in centre. The 15th century font is a little unusual, with lions and woodhouses (Woodwoses) around the shaft canopied, the angles of bowl terminating in drops. It stands on three steps, the top quatrefoiled. 14th century arcades and three-light window over chancel arch. In the south aisle are three canopied niches much mutilated but with traces of colour. Fine 15th century screen much restored, chiefly interesting because it was vaulted on the west, and the spandrils are traceried on the east, showing that it was not vaulted on this side. The chnacel has poor returned stalls and at one time had a south chapel, the piers and arches showing in wall. Curious crocketted 14th century piscina springing from stumpy engaged shafts. It is thought the church of Saint Mary’s in Happisburgh,  according to local planning documents, that under current management plans is likely to be lost to erosion by the year 2105. I would personally like to thank Eddy who at a moments notice came out to let myself and friend Ray into this church, and for Margaret who summoned him by mobile phone and got him down from his ladder. What a beautiful church, surely something more has to be done to save this village and its prestigious church from going to ruin.Though Round Tower Churches, other stuff and me, on Twitter, has other ideas. "Happisburgh is world famous. Traces of the earliest humans in Northern Europe were found on the beach between 2004 and 2010. I have held the Happisburgh hand axe in my hands. 800,000 years old give or take a decade or two." Home of the Wodewose!
There is a disabled toilet and kitchen just off of the north west side.

Happisburgh Saint Mary the Virgin Church NR12 0PN