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Hempstead, All Saints Church,
Hempstead All Saints Church NR25 6AH



Hempstead, All Saints Church, Hempstead or Hemesteda or Henep, meaning The one near North Walsham simply means homestead, Old English ham + stede (place). However, the one near Holt means place where hemp is grown, Old English henep (hemp) + stede. North-west tower, south porch and nave. The tower was rebuilt in brick dated 1744. A bit of 13th century, North aisle remains at west end. One old bench end. First time of visiting this church and believe me it will not be the last, the first thing you notice is the part thatched roof and the rounded curved apse with its 14th century window, reused in its present position in 1928. Looking around there are several eras, from Anglo-Saxon, 10th century, through to Modern 19th/20th century day. In this time the church at Hempstead All Saints, has gone also through Norman, Early English, Transitional, Decorated, Perpendicular. In the 18th century, the west half of the tower collapsed (1705) In 1740 a description of the church mentions the ruins in the churchyard, presumably that of which was a priests house. Also mentioned is a considerable collection of stained glass in the windows, an alter with painted panels and a rood screen with paintings of 14 saints. Hempstead, All Saints Church, has north west tower, south porch and nave. The tower was rebuilt in brick dated 1744, a bit of 13th century aisle remains at west end. There is one old bench. Apart from the shape and styles included in this church, my main like was the brass Angel lecturn, it shows as with the image an angel holding a bible on her back. This in looks doubles as a bible itself. There are stairs that lead up to a gallery, another nice feature in this beautiful Norfolk church. Cloth of Cologne, At Hempstead was a vestment of Pannus colon, a material composed of tightly-woven strips of ribbon-like textile manufactured in that City. These strips would be sewn together to form the fabric of the vestment. One of the most beautiful churches I have personally visited in Norfolk, also called Hempstead with Eccles, by some. Most of Eccles is now under the sea and the sand dunes, but Hemstead Church, with homely thatched roofs, has been more fortunate; it is a mile in land and its nave and chancel have stood already 700 years. The porch with handsome battlements, has two doors with lovely 15th century tracery, and the font, with shields, roses and winged animals on the bowl and lions below is 500 years old. So also is the piscina in the nave, with an inner recess where the flasks of oil and wine were once kept. Among the fine woodwork is a group of four old bench-ends, the benches themselves, just ripe for the Old Boi to rest, a 16th-century chest,  a solid Jacobean pulpit, and a screen of 1523 surpassing them all, with lovely tracery and a series of panels with figures rarely portrayed. Here is Saint Juliana scourging the enemy of all mankind; Eligius, patron of Farriers, with hammer in his hand, Saint Leonard with his crozier, Saint Lawrence carrying his grid, Saint Theobald with his hawk, and Saint Egidius with a hind crouching at his feet. With them is John of Bridlington, the 14th century prior known far and wide for his prophecies in his day. 

Hempstead, All Saints Church, Postcode: NR25-6AH.
Hempstead, All Saints Church,
Hempstead, All Saints Church,
Hempstead, All Saints Church,
Hempstead, All Saints Church,