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Sedgeford Saint Mary's Church.

Sedgeford Saint Mary's Church.


Sedgeford has much history steeped on its land, it has a yearly dig by archaeology experts. The site is covered and unearthed each year. The church itself has a quantity of face masks on windowsills made of concrete/stone. Sedgeford or Sexforda is a Ford where sedge grows. secg (Sedge) + ford. Finds from the dig, include a cow bone containing gold coins. This settlement has its origins going back as far as Neolithic times. Also a Roman Villa in the near by fields, so an age of eras range here. The church was appropriated by Norwich Cathedral Priory in 1205, the church was rebuilt in 1300-1500 century. No further records were kept until 1770 when the chancel roof and east window wall were near to collapse, during this age the chancel was shortened by 17'. The church was then restored again, this time by Charles Fawcett Neville Rolfe. Inside on walls are frescoes from around the 13th century. The font is 13th century too, but in Norman style.

Archaeologists at Sedgeford have discovered a 1,200-year-old Anglo-Saxon malthouse buried for hundreds of years by soil washed down from surrounding higher ground. It is the first time that a complete start-to-finish malting process from that period has been discovered in Great Britain. The presence on the site of a mass of Ipswich Ware pottery made between 720-850AD, effectively dates the period during which the malthouse was operative.It was a sophisticated production line which showed the settlement on the Heacham River, was not as primitive as is popularly supposed. "Actually, they were technologically quite advanced," said Dr John Jolleys , research director of the Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research project (SHARP), which has been active on the site for over 20 years. The settlement was Christian and it is believed the malt house was not something organised by the local inhabitants but was part of a much wider integrated system. "I think here we are seeing the hand of the church. The church is the super state and it had access to all the latest technology and engineering skills anywhere in Europe," said Dr Jolleys.

Sedgeford Saint Mary's Church.
Sedgeford Saint Mary's Church.
Sedgeford Saint Mary's Church.
Sedgeford Saint Mary's Church.
Sedgeford Saint Mary's Church.



Sedgeford Saint Mary's Church.
Sedgeford Saint Mary's Church.
Sedgeford Saint Mary's Church.