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Melton Constable, Saint Peter Church, NR24-2NE.
Melton Constable, Saint Peter Church, NR24-2NE.

Late Saxon, Norman, Low side window. Sanctus Bell.




The church Saint Peter Melton Constable, is the parish Church for Melton Constable Park and was build in 1092 as the estate church for the the Barrons Hastings - it now serves the residents of Melton Constable Park and the farms surrounding it. The parish is also part of the United Benefice of Briston, Burgh Parva, Hindolveston and Melton Constable.  A Late Saxon or Norman parish church with a central tower, crossing and sanctuary. The materials, architectural details and plan all suggest a pre-Conquest date. Inside the crossing arch is surmounted by a huge twin arch that has a large circular pier in the middle. The south transept functions as a mausoleum for the Astley family, and contains many of their memorials including a 1808 one for Rhoda and Sophia Astley by sculptor J. Bacon, Jnr of London. Plus Lucy and Judith Astley 1742, and Sir Philip Astley by Robert Page. The church also has a medieval wooden shutter in one of the windows on the south wall, as well as a small alcove seat and a book-rest. from Norfolk Heritage Explorer! (Locked, have now called twice) Melton Constables Saint Peter's Church has been closed to me on two occasions now. Making me wonder why it is still there. Even Cautley wrote very little, so presumably he found it closed too. WHY? It has a central tower, nave, transepts and chancel. This church has seen some rather drastic rebuilding, and the only things of interest are the Norman tower with its chancel arch, and two curious round headed openings above with a thick pillar between them, and the very curious low-side window with scooped out seat on west side and opposite a stone reading desk for the clerk.

Melton Constable, Saint Peter Church, Postcode: NR24-2NE.
Melton Constable, Saint Peter Church, NR24-2NE.
Melton Constable, Saint Peter Church, NR24-2NE.
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Melton Constable, Saint Peter Church, NR24-2NE.
Melton Constable, Saint Peter Church, NR24-2NE.
Melton Constable, Saint Peter Church, NR24-2NE.