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Norwich Saint Mary Coslany Church




Norwich Saint Mary Coslany Church, (Saint Mary's Plain, to the west of Pitt Street, has the oldest church towers in Norwich, it was built in the 11th century in the Anglo-Saxon style). and is round, the church has 6 bells, nave, transepts, chancel, and south porch with parvise. The tower Saxon, the rest mainly Perpendicular. The oldest mural tablet in the City is to be seen on the interior west wall to the north of the tower. It has an inscription in norman-French recording that Thomas de Lingcole had given a wax taper and an oil lamp to the altar of the Holy Trinity. He was a tanner and a bailiff of the City, who died in 1298. There is a 15th century pulpit and hour-glass. There are some ancient stalls. mural monument to Dr Martin Van Kurnbeck and his wife, died 1579. Its rather famous for the amount and the fine quality of its external flint-work, especially on a chapel added in Henry VII's time. Add to these saint Helen's, converted in part to the uses of a "hospital" a floor is run through it. There is a roof with storied bosses, eg, of the Assumption of the Virgin: there is also some good seating, and there is a pretty little coister and refctory. Here you may have at the time, had purchased swans for your eating; they were specially fed. The hospital to which the church was attached was that of Saint Giles, founded about 1230 by Bishop Suffield.


Norwich Saint Mary Coslany Church.