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Ormesby Saint Margaret Church NR29 3QD



Ormesby Saint Margaret Church, West tower, south porch, nave, north aisle and chancel. Nicely propotioned 15th century tower with good flush panelled base-course, sound holes and battlemented parapet. The 15th century south porch has a parvise over and a fine Norman south doorway with attached shaft and four simple orders. Modern roofs and fittings, a nice multi-cusped recessed tomb north of Sanctuary, with blank traceried panels and a simple 14th century sedilia and piscina with piers and cinquefoiled arches and hood mould stopped on heads. The nave and the chancel are mainly Decorated, as mentioned the south doorway Norman. The tower is Perpendicular, but the north aisle added in 1867. There are brasses and memorials to the Clere family, including one to Sir Robert Clere, died 1529 and Lady Alice Clere, died 1538. She was an aunt of Queen Anne Boleyn. In 1533, Alice and her sister, Anne Shelton, were placed in charge of the household of the King's daughter, Princess Mary. Alice was also a senior member of Princess Elizabeth's household while she was living at Hatfield Palace in Hertfordshire. It has been supposed that Alice Clere was the kinder of the two guardians appointed to Mary. Anne Shelton is believed to have been harsher. Alice died on 1 November 1538, leaving a will dated 28 October 1538 which was proved 23 January 1539. Both she and her husband were buried at Ormesby St. Margaret.There are other memorials to the Homes, Symonds, and Lacon Families. The font is octagonal and of interest, it has a lid that locks down to prevent witches from using the Holy Water, nowadays the font is drained and only filled with fresh blessed water for baptism. One of four or more churches under the villages of Ormesby, each with a different dedication, others include and included are: Ormesby Saint Michael. Just around the corner, and two other ruins, Ormesby Saint Andrew and Ormesby Saint Peter. Ormesby Saint Margaret Church has some nice modern stained glass in its windows, the one in its west window was designed by Malcolm Alston of Norwich and was installed in 1992 in memory of a faithful member of the church Iris Martin. It shows Saint Margaret and her Dragon. The other The "Parable Window" is the most recent addition, installed in 1996, with the central window of three showing the Sower. The church has a toilet and kitchen.
Many thanks to the lady Margaret who shared her valuable time with me.

Ormesby Saint Margaret Church NR29 3QD