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. The tower dates from around the 15th century making this Perpendicular in style. It is good looking and has sound holes to the ringer. On the west side a stylised Cross Saltaire for the Patron Saint, and on the south side an eight-petalled motif, on the north side the hole is quartered and includes two roses and two shields. There are three gargoyles with grotesque faces. these are at the corners. The church has a Crown of thrones symbolising the Sacred Heart  of Jesus. This motif found on other churches, especially Westwick and Ditchingham. The building date of the roof is indicated by the 1487 bequest of William Rysyng of a new roof. The medieval rood screen across the tower arch comes from the ruined church of Saint Peter, just yards away.

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

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