North Burlingham Saint Andrew Church

North Burlingham Saint Andrew Church, near Acle, square west tower, 3 bells, nave with north aisle, chancel and south porch. Mainly Perpendicular work throughout. Open timber roof to nave with good carvings, Ancient rood screen remains with good paintings of saints on base. Burlingham or Burlingaham, meaning homestead of Baerla's people. Old English Baerla + ingas (the people of) + ham (homestead), west tower, south porch, nave, north aisle and chancel. Nice tower with diagonal buttresses, charming traceried sound holes, with a canopied niche above that to the west. Scratch/Mass dial and low-side window on south. Inside there is a good hammer-beam and arch-braced roof, the apex of arch acting as collar and very good cornice with arch bracing between wall posts. 15th century arcade and 15th century font. The base of old screen is 15th century, fully coloured with gesso ornament, and has splendid mutilited but untouched painting of saints on it with their names. These are Withburgha, Benedict and Edward the Confessor. There is a nice carved trail on middle rail but the upper part of the screen is modern. Across the tower arch is an old screen from the ruinous church of Saint Peter, only yards away and now privately owned. Its a beautiful thing with two angels holding shields bearing the keys of Saint Peter. Charming little monument on north wall of chancel to Robert Mileham de Burgh, 1615, and several other flag monuments to the Miles family.

Ancestral links to White, Turner, also at Burlingham, and South Walsham.

North Burlingham Saint Andrew Church, Postcode: NR13-4TA.