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Quidenham, Saint Andrew's Church.



Quidenham Saint Andrews Church, near East Harling, round west tower with octagonal upper storey and lofty spire above, a clock and 8 bells, nave with south aisle and north transept, chancel and south porch. The base of the tower and south doorway are Norman, the rest is mainly Decorated. There is slight evidence of Saxon work in the chancel. There is a memorial to Lady Sophia Keppel, eldest daughter of William Charles, 4th Earl of Albemarle, and wife of Sir James Macdonald, Bart., died 1824. There is a mural monument in the chancel to Sir John Holland, died 1700. There is a memorial window to Augustus Frederick, 5th Earl of Albemarle, died 1851. Also to other members of the Keppel family. This church has been well restored. On the banks of the River Whittle, lies a church that has been there some 1000 years. there is proof that religious worship of one kind existed before what is now Saint Andrew's Church. Once called Girdlenham, or King's Land. The present church dates from the 14th/15th centuries. The church has a "Poor Box" dating from 1639, Quidenham is classed as a round tower, it is actually octagonal on top and dating from 950-1050AD, the rest of the body of the church is Perpendicular, it is one of 6 churches classed as the Quidenham Group of Parishes, Wilby, Eccles, Old Buckenham, New Buckenham and Banham the others. Inside is a drawing of how the church look previously, the spire which tops the tower was much shorter than that of the one today. Quidenham was a MU church and Mother's Union was very active in the village. There is not one today!

Quidenham Saint Andrews Church.
Quidenham Saint Andrews Church
Quidenham Saint Andrews Church
Quidenham Saint Andrews Church