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Overstrand, Saint Martin Church, NR27-0NY.
Overstrand, Saint Martin Church, NR27-0NY.


Overstrand Saint Martin Church, near Cromer on the Norfolk North coast has little parking space, a square west tower, i bell, nave with north aisle but no clerestory, chancel and south porch. This church stood as a ruin for many years but was entirely reconstructed in 1913-1914. it is a mixture of Decorated and Perpendicular styles and has a modern hammerbeam roof. Sir T.F. Buxton and Lady Buxton lie buried in this church. Overstrand The first Church of Saint Martin was swallowed up by the sea during the reign of King Richard II. Overstrand, Cromer's little neighbour, it looks out to the all-encroaching sea, and it would seem that the spirit of its church defies the waves, for two churches stand in this churchyard heedless that the angry tides engulfed their predecessor 600 years ago. One of them lost its roof last century, and the village thought it best to build a small church beside it, but in out own time the new church has been closed, and the old one is renewed with something of its ancient dignity. The old font was rescued from a garden. The holy water stoup has still its lovely medieval tracery. The massive walls of the tower have curious opening in them which was probably an oven for cooking the sacred wafers long ago. The graceful iron brackets for the lamps above the altar have saintly figures on them; they are modern like the pulpit, which was given by Florence Barclay, author of The Rosary book.  (locked toilet)