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Norwich Saint Peter Mancroft Church.



Norwich Saint Peter Mancroft Church. One of the most impressive buildings in Norfolk I am yet to have visited. Saint Peter Mancroft's Church - which overlooks Norwich market - is the largest church in the city and is often mistaken for the cathedral. What an impression it left. I was first a taken back by the enormous font that took up much of the front side to the door, inside are a plethora of images to appeal to anyone, It has a leaflet section, a choir and high alter, gilded figures, carvings, nave and west end organ, it has the largest east window I have seen, this contains 39 tracery lights, and 42 main lights, all 15th century except for 7 lights that are Victorian. A chapel of the blessed Virgin Mary, The Saint Nicholas and the Mancroft Heritage., there's the Jesus Chapel, and much much more. The building has a new ramp for the disabled to use wheelchairs, that in no way reflects away from the beauty of the church. It was a whole experience. There are monuments to Augustine Curtissen and junior "Carvers" 1731-1732 by sculptor James Barrett, and Thomas and Mary Till 1733 by George Storey, sculptor and Edward Coleburne 1730 by Robert Page. See Masons of Norfolk.

At Saint Peter Mancroft, Norwich was a vestment of black "sendell" or of thin silk material, similar to sarsinett but somewhat coarser. Every church in the archdeaconary, save for two decayed churches in Norwich, and two in Thetford,  the abandoned chapel at Itteringham and the destryed church at South Clenchwarton, had at least two vestments. Saint Peter Mancroft, possessed the greatest number of vestments, twenty five, and was followed closely by Aysham with twenty three. Next came Cawston with fifteen, Salle with thirteen, Saint Stephen, Norwich, with twelve and Salthouse and Walsoken with eleven, the average number of vestments was between three and five.

There is a monument to Edward Coleburne, by sculptor Robert Page 1730


At Saint Peter Mancroft, Norwich, was a lectern of latten, his I was attracted to as at Terrington Saint Clement, my birth place, has a chair of iron, Harpley possessed an ivory comb, the entry pec, at Blakeney may refer to three combs. At Magdelan Hospital, Thetford was a cordula or rope, though its purpose is not specified, and enigmatic, at Little Witchingham may refer to a cathena, or chain. or perhaps a cathedra, or chair, similar to that at Terrington. At Saint Lawrence, Norwich, was a "Stock or Stick" with four wooden angels finely painted for the paschal candle and at Strumpshaw a new paschal candlestick. The obligation of finding the paschal candlestick was laid upon the parishioners by Winchelsey. It was odd that these sould be recorded twice only. The new access for the disabled is second to none, I thoroughly enjoyed my visit. Martin Morley took up his freedom as a mason in Norwich, 21st September 1653. Two years earlier he carried out the restoration of the great window of Saint Peter's, for this he was paid £55.