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Oxborough Saint John the Evangelist Parish Church  and Bedingfeld Chantry Chapel.

Oxborough Saint John the Evangelist Parish Church

and Bedingfeld Chantry Chapel.



Oxborough, or Oxenburch meaning Old Fort or frequented by Oxen Oxa (oxen) + burg (fortified place) set next to Oxborough Hall and in front of the Bedingfeld Arms. This church on the corner before going into nearby Oxborough Hall. Once a church with a stone spire, and comparable to Snettisham and even Norwich's Cathedral. Stone spires are rare in village churches of Norfolk. The Spire fell in a storm when struck by lightning, it was rebuilt, but fell again after 70 years, when it collapsed one fine April morning in 1948, children were in the nearby playground on the other side of the green at the time. The church was closed to the public for 8 years, it was cleaned up and open to the state you see it today. In 2018 I visited it again to get photos of the back wall graffiti, lead had been stolen from the roof and the rain had got it. There were buckets everywhere and the water had penetrated near where the terracotta  counter was.west tower, south and north porches, nave, north and south aisles, chancel,and Bedingfield chapel. West tower with spire that as aforementioned fell, nice santus bell turret, and the Bedingfield or Bedingfeld as it is called chapel projects half way over the priest's door. There is a beautiful gable cross and fine 15th century east window. I think the buttresses are 14th century, but it is evident in the 15th century that they put in new windows. Late arch-braced roof to nave, 14th century arcades and a three-light window over chancel arch. The rood screen has painted panels, on the north saint Thomas of Canterbury, John and John the Baptist, and on the south side, Saint Withburga, Mary Magdalene and Ethelreda. The Bedingfield chapel built early in the 16th century has a remarkable screen of terracotta, and contains the tomb of Sir Henry Bedingfield 1583. There is a 15th century brass lectern inscribed for Thomas Kyppyng, a nice sedilia with traceried back and coved canopy and old 15th century benches with arm rests and grotesques, there is a few fragments of 15th century glass.
Oxborough Saint John the Evangelist Parish Church  and Bedingfeld Chantry Chapel.
Oxborough Saint John the Evangelist Parish Church  and Bedingfeld Chantry Chapel.
Oxborough Saint John the Evangelist Parish Church  and Bedingfeld Chantry Chapel.
Oxborough Saint John the Evangelist Parish Church  and Bedingfeld Chantry Chapel.
Oxborough Saint John the Evangelist Parish Church  and Bedingfeld Chantry Chapel.
Oxborough Saint John the Evangelist Parish Church  and Bedingfeld Chantry Chapel.
Oxborough Saint John the Evangelist Parish Church  and Bedingfeld Chantry Chapel.
Oxborough Saint John the Evangelist Parish Church  and Bedingfeld Chantry Chapel.
Oxborough Saint John the Evangelist Parish Church  and Bedingfeld Chantry Chapel.


Oxborough Saint John the Evangelist Parish Church  and Bedingfeld Chantry Chapel.
Oxborough Saint John the Evangelist Parish Church  and Bedingfeld Chantry Chapel.
Oxborough Saint John the Evangelist Parish Church  and Bedingfeld Chantry Chapel.
Oxborough Saint John the Evangelist Parish Church  and Bedingfeld Chantry Chapel.
Oxborough Saint John the Evangelist Parish Church  and Bedingfeld Chantry Chapel.
Oxborough Saint John the Evangelist Parish Church  and Bedingfeld Chantry Chapel.
Oxborough Saint John the Evangelist Parish Church  and Bedingfeld Chantry Chapel.
Oxborough Saint John the Evangelist Parish Church  and Bedingfeld Chantry Chapel.
Oxborough Saint John the Evangelist Parish Church  and Bedingfeld Chantry Chapel.
Oxborough Saint John the Evangelist Parish Church  and Bedingfeld Chantry Chapel.
Oxborough Saint John the Evangelist Parish Church  and Bedingfeld Chantry Chapel.
Oxborough Saint John the Evangelist Parish Church  and Bedingfeld Chantry Chapel.
Oxborough Saint John the Evangelist Parish Church  and Bedingfeld Chantry Chapel.
Oxborough Saint John the Evangelist Parish Church  and Bedingfeld Chantry Chapel.
Oxborough Saint John the Evangelist Parish Church  and Bedingfeld Chantry Chapel.
Oxborough Saint John the Evangelist Parish Church  and Bedingfeld Chantry Chapel.
Oxborough Saint John the Evangelist Parish Church  and Bedingfeld Chantry Chapel.
Oxborough Saint John the Evangelist Parish Church  and Bedingfeld Chantry Chapel.
Oxborough Saint John the Evangelist Parish Church  and Bedingfeld Chantry Chapel.
Oxborough Saint John the Evangelist Parish Church  and Bedingfeld Chantry Chapel.