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Ringland, Saint Peter Church, NR8-6JJ.



Ringland Saint Peter Church. A 15th century flint church, looking over the village to hills crowned with trees, treasures a rare old roof. The buttresses and the tower battlements are panelled, and angels with outspread wings bend over us as we enter. The old door leading to the tower inside the church is latticed with iron and is opened by a sliding panel. The 15th century font is carved with angels and roses and has lions around the stem, and on remains of the old screen by the tower are paintings of saints with their faces gone. Some old bench-ends in the chancel have poppyheads carved with flowers and leaves and blackberries, and on one arm-rest is a lion. Arresting in its beauty is the lovely old roof of the nave, seeming part and parcel of the fine clerestory, which has rich old glass glowing with figures of men and women, the Madonna and the Angel of the Resurrection, the Crucifixion, and John the Baptist. There are carved bosses on the moulded beams, and over the rich vaulting on each side is a lovely embattled cornice of quatrefoils and Tudor flowers enriched with angels and figures. Other angels support the shafts between the windows, from which the vaulting springs. It is one of the best old roofs in Norfolk. Ringland Saint Peter Church, near Costessey, has a square west tower, 5 bells, nave with aisles, chancel and south porch. Mainly late Decorated in style, but the clerestory is early Perpendicular. There is a fine open timber roof with groined vaulting to the nave. The ancient carved font is of interest. There is a memorial to a daughter of the first Baron Cramond of Honingham.
Here at Ringland was a various coloured vestment of "sarginett" and at Little Massingham on of green of "sarsinett" The material was a silken fabric of fine quality imported from the Levant.



Ringland Saint Peter Church NR8 6JJ