Langley near Loddon Saint Michael NR14 6BL.

Langley near Loddon Saint Michael, Square west tower, 5 bells, nave, chancel, and north and south porches. Mainly in the Perpendicular style. The east window is filled with stained glass, brought from Rouen Cathedral during the French Revolution, by the late Lady Beauchamp Proctor. There are other stained glass windows, one in the chancel bears the Berney Arms. The nave has a hammer-beam roof with carvings of the Beauchamp Arms. The chancel roof is plastered and painted with the Beauchamp Arms and on the tympanum the Arms of Hanover. Late 14th century octagonal font with nicely carved bowl and shaft and an iron-banded chest, probably 15th century, with the bands cut and ornamented with figures. Four hatchments, box pews and a low-side window on south blocked up. I asked at a nearby cottage if there was a closer way to go to the church, a South African speaking lady not only pointed my way, but went out of her way in getting me closer to the church by way of a gate and drive. I am very thankful. At Langley the north door is good Early English, and within there is foreign glass. The east window has late panels with part of the Nativity and Adoration and French inscriptions (mixed with more modern glass). Saint George and his Dragon is also old. In the nave windows are late foreign roundels with no rare subjects. Langley Abbey is passed on the road to Buckenham Ferry. It was a Premonstratensian house founded in 1198. The site is a farm, and there are considerable remains of the domestic buildings in and about the farmyard, mostly of course flint. A plan can be found in Archaeolia vol 75.

Langley near Loddon Saint Michael Church, Postcode: NR14 6BL