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Horsey All Saints Church NR29 4EF



Horsey All Saints Church, west tower, south porch, nave and chancel continuous. This church is entirely thatched, and has a Norman round tower with octagonal top. Plain 14th century font, same simple bench ends with poppy heads and modern roofs. Simple square-headed screen and three aumbries on north side of sanctuary retaining their hnges for doors. Near Martham, 1 bell, thatched roof, the base of the tower is late Norman and parts of the chancel wall are about the same period. The rest of the church is a mixture of three styles of Gothic. An ancient rood screen remains and some carved poppy heads. The church was probably begun in the 10th century, long before the coming of the Normans. The church is built on a very simple Saxon layout, It is one of 78 round towers or thereabouts in the county built during the Saxon period. The tower is surmounted by an octagonal belfry added in the 15th century like so many. It holds one bell, cast in 1597 by John Brend of Norwich. The south doorway is 14th century, and just inside the door is a 14th century coffin lid set into the floor. The font is 15th century, and the parish chest is 18th century. In the south sanctuary wall is a 15th century piscina. Beside it is a sedilia, of the same age, formed by lowering the window sill. There are some very good Victorian glass windows, including the south-west window in the chancel, depicting Catherine Rising, who died in 1890. One of the best memorial plaques is to William Perowne of Stalham (d. 1842). The church was updated in the late 13th century and remodelled in the 15th and early 16th centuries. Many of the changes were instigated by four religious guilds, dedicated to All Saints, St Anne, St John, and St Mary. These guilds each had their own altar and shrine inside the church. There was also a shrine to St Erasmus, patron saint of sea-farers. One of the 15th century additions was a painted chancel screen, installed around 1511. Robert Elveden's will from that year notes a bequest of 6s 8d for painting and gilding the screen. The base has lost its traceried paintings, but the openwork above retains its wonderfully ornate tracery, like lace in wood. The spandrels are carved with figures of flowers and foliage and you can still make out traces of medieval painting.

Horsey All Saints Church NR29 4EF