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Horstead, All Saints Church, NR12-7ET


Horstead, All Saints, church locked, Horstead or horsteda, meaning Place were horses are kept. Old English hors (horse) + stede (place). west tower, south porch, nave and south aisle, chancel and chancel chapel. This church looks nearly rebuilt with modern roofs and benches. It has a niche below small west window in tower, simple tracery to south doors and Arms of Anne. Horstead's looking across the River Bure to Coltishall on the hill, has been preserved since the 14th century when it became a place of pilgrimage. Here still is the shrine to which pilgrims came, a niche in front of the tower, empty now, but then was a statue of the Madonna. The church has a 700 year old font, and fine modern glass in the windows. It is rare to find a Jesse window in a village, but here is one with all the figures in David's royal line arrayed in splendour. The east window has Adam and Eve, Joseph and Mary, and the Norman Bishop who founded Norwich Cathedral soon after the Conquest, Herbert Losinga.



Horstead, All Saints, NR12-7ET.