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Narford Saint Mary Church PE32 1JA



Narford Saint Mary Church, near Swaffham, square west tower, 1 bell, nave with aisles, chancel and south porch. It is mainly in the Decorated style and has recently been restored. In 1857 a wooden spire was taken down from the tower, and a pierced embattled parapet with pinnacles placed on the tower. This church stands on the verge of Narford Hall Park. The 15th century tower has sound holes, inside the arcades have only two bays with three two-light clerestory windows above. There is a Sanctus bell window in tower and a low-side window on south, now blocked up. 14th century recess in north wall of chancel with sepulchral slab below, and the dropped window sill sedilia has one arm-rest. The arms of Charles I very faded over chancel arch. A late 17th century and early 18th century country house in carrstone and ashlar, built by Sir Andrew Fontaine. The house was enlarged in about 1830, and has a central pedimented block and a stone tower porch. The interior contains several early 18th century fireplaces and plasterwork. The clock tower and orangery date to about 1860. A leaflet compiled by Richard Butler-Stoney, stated: There were over 100 houses in the Narford village in 1450 and this had declined to only 119 inhabitants in the 1901 census and has more than halved since then. Seven Narford men died in WWI. The church has survived with the features from its early days predominating. Towards the end of the 20th century it was seldom used, and after some lead was stolen from the roof it decayed badly. the chancel has the earliest feature, this is a 13th century arm rest in the sedilia. This suggests that the church was being reconstructed with stone and flint at the time to replace more perishable building materials. The aisles were constructed in the 14th century, during the Decorated period. There is a tomb recess in the north wall of the chancel, and it could be the burial place of the priest whio saw the chancel rebuilt in the 13th century. A fine tablet on the south wall is for Andrew Fountaine, who was memvber of Parliament in Charles II's reign. He married Sarah Chicheley and bout Narford in 1690 and started to build Narford Hall in 1702. The font is medieval with plain sides and a tall wooden cover in the Jacobean style.  Many thanks to all concerned on the day, the lady of the house for opening up the church and actually showing me where it was. For her son who came back and both apologised for keeping me waiting and spending a bit of time with me when I was almost completely spent.


Narford Saint Mary Church PE32 1JA
Narford Saint Mary Church PE32 1JA by the Old Boi
Narford Saint Mary Church PE32 1JA by the Old Boi
Narford Saint Mary Church PE32 1JA by the Old Boi
Narford Saint Mary Church PE32 1JA by the Old Boi
Narford Saint Mary Church PE32 1JA by the Old Boi
Narford Saint Mary Church PE32 1JA by the Old Boi
Narford Saint Mary Church PE32 1JA by the Old Boi
Narford Saint Mary Church PE32 1JA by the Old Boi
Narford Saint Mary Church PE32 1JA by the Old Boi
Narford Saint Mary Church PE32 1JA by the Old Boi
Narford Saint Mary Church PE32 1JA by the Old Boi
Narford Saint Mary Church PE32 1JA by the Old Boi
Narford Saint Mary Church PE32 1JA by the Old Boi
Narford Saint Mary Church PE32 1JA by the Old Boi
Narford Saint Mary Church PE32 1JA by the Old Boi
Narford Saint Mary Church PE32 1JA by the Old Boi
Narford Saint Mary Church PE32 1JA by the Old Boi
Narford Saint Mary Church PE32 1JA by the Old Boi