Martham Saint Mary the Virgin Church NR29 4PR

Martham Saint Mary the Virgin Church, square west tower with a small spirelet, a clock and 6 bells, nave with aisles, chancel, and south porch with parvise. The chancel was rebuilt in 1855, in a florid style of French Gothic. The tracery in the windows is very beautiful, especially the east one. The nave and aisles are Pendicular, the tower being somewhat earlier in style. It has a fine west window and doorway. the font is a good specimen of the Seven Sacrement type. the south porch has a vaulted roof and a fine carved doorway. There is a good modern hammer beam roof to the nave. And a Work In Progress in action on an extremely fine reredus, flowers cut into alabaster. There are countless other carvings all around the church, both in wood and also more alabaster. These include swans, wheat, dragons, head-busts, fish, angels and an old figure dressed as in the style of Guy Fawkes. There are two grave slabs that once lay on the floor of the tower and were mostly covered by the organ unti it was moved in 1999. The slabs with Burraway inscriptions, now stand against the south wall of the south aisle Christopher Burraway died aged 59, on 18th October 1730, he was a churchwarden and his name in inscribed on one of the bells in the tower. His wife, Alice Burraway, died aged 76 on 12 February 1729. The strange wording on Alice's grave slab has puzzled many in later centuries. It reads: " And thier lyes Alice who by hir life was my sister, my mistres, my mother and my wife. Dyed feb ye 12 1729 aged 76 years." Much research has been done, but anyone that has truly been in love, realises that the husband died of heart break, his wife was his life, she took the place of all the people mentioned. The church has a very fine door, a seven sacrements font featuring Christ as Judge in the eight panel, and two windows (the eastern ones of the aisles) filled with 15th century glass. The northern aisle has in the tracery a human headed serpent from the picture of the Fall, scenes from the Life of Christ, viz. the crowning with thorns, resurrection and Ascension; single figures of saints, Juliana with Devil in a chain, Edmund, Agnes, Margaret. The south has several figures from a set of the Nine orders of Angels, several apostles, Eve spinning-part of a subject from Mulbarton (where also are more of the Orders of Angels). 

Martham Saint Mary the Virgin Church NR29 4PR.