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Ickburgh, Saint Peter Church, IP26-5JA.

Ickburgh, Saint Peter Church, IP26-5JA.



Ickburgh, Saint Peter Church. One of my now favourite churches in Norfolk, it has everything I look for and yes, it has that WOW factor, this despite the windows being dirty. As a disabled, ex window cleaner, I just wanted to get out my old bucket and scrim. The north Victorian porch is so full of stained glass its a wonder one gets inside the church. Each window having a different piece of art to do with items of agriculture. There are also two stone carved dancing bears. And more inside. The bears are a link to the family "Baring", a limb associated to one Baron Ashburton a man that ploughed money into the same building that came into such decay that instead of restore, they rebuilt. This at a price of £2.250 in the year 1865-6, the only thing left was the tower. The church has some beautiful gargoyles. Ickburgh, Saint Peter Church, Cautley wrote: This is all modern, except the plain late 14th century tower. Messent wrote more: Ickburgh Saint Peter Church, near Brandon, has square west tower, a clock and on bell, nave with north aisle but no clerestory, chancel and north porch. The tower is in the Decorated style, but the rest of the church entirely re-built in 1866 by the late Lord Ashburton. He died in 1868 and there is a brass to him, and his son who died at Nice, France, two years previous. The pulpit is finely carved. Ickburgh was home to the Chapel of Saint Lawrence, this has gone to ruin, it was monastic as well as parochial. Written on Almshouses opposite are part of a poem,
"Abide with us, O Lord, for it is toward evening and the day is far spent; abide with us, and with thy whole Church.
Abide with us in the evening of the day, in the evening of life, in the evening of the world.
Abide with us and with all thy faithful ones, O Lord, in time and eternity." 
The Almshouses set up by Lady Ashburton. The church, apart from its 14th century tower, the church was made almost new last century. It is all very neat, lit chiefly by candles, of which some are hanging and many on long sticks among the pews. There are some good modern carvings. Two bishops look out from the sedilia, and and a chained bear is carved in oak on the hood of the north doorway. Eight minstrel angels look down from the ends of the roof beams, , holding harp, fiddle, tambourine, bagpipes, guitar, trumpets, and organ. Very fine are two stone corbels most cunningly carved to support clusters of shafts below the end arches of the arcade. One has a Nativity scene with ten figures; the star is shining on the staable, angels and shepaherds are adoring, and the ox and the ass are looking on. The other is a canopied Temple scene with Simeon holding Jesus, Mary and Anne kneeling, Joseph with a basket of doves, and a priest at his desk. This is my favourite church from Norfolk.

Ancestor links to Smith.


Ickburgh, Saint Peter Church, Postcode: IP26-5JA.

Ickburgh, Saint Peter Church, IP26-5JA.
Ickburgh, Saint Peter Church, IP26-5JA.
Ickburgh, Saint Peter Church, IP26-5JA.
Ickburgh, Saint Peter Church, IP26-5JA.
Ickburgh, Saint Peter Church, IP26-5JA.
Ickburgh, Saint Peter Church, IP26-5JA.
Ickburgh, Saint Peter Church, IP26-5JA.
Ickburgh, Saint Peter Church, IP26-5JA.
Ickburgh, Saint Peter Church, IP26-5JA.
Ickburgh, Saint Peter Church, IP26-5JA.
Ickburgh, Saint Peter Church, IP26-5JA.
Ickburgh, Saint Peter Church, IP26-5JA.
Ickburgh, Saint Peter Church, IP26-5JA.
Ickburgh, Saint Peter Church, IP26-5JA.
Ickburgh, Saint Peter Church, IP26-5JA.
Ickburgh, Saint Peter Church, IP26-5JA.
Ickburgh, Saint Peter Church, IP26-5JA.
Ickburgh, Saint Peter Church, IP26-5JA.
Ickburgh, Saint Peter Church, IP26-5JA.
Ickburgh, Saint Peter Church, IP26-5JA.
Ickburgh, Saint Peter Church, IP26-5JA.