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Sheresford Saint Nicholas Church, churches of norfolk by the old boi
Sheresford Saint Nicholas Church


Sheresford Saint Nicholas Church, Sheresford or Sciraforda, meaning: Bright (clear) ford. Old English scir (bright) + ford. This church belongs to a group of churches called "Upper Wensum Churches" in this group of churches are Dunton, Great Ryburgh, Sheresford, Colkirk, Oswick, Whissonsett, Gateley, Horningtoft and Brisley, possibly Saxon in origin; certainly 11th century, approximately 1,000 years old. Round churches are relatively rare globally, but almost all are found here in Norfolk. Possibly Saxon in origin, Sheresford, with its "Lid Roof" added at a different date as late as 1976 to increase it's  protection from the elements. The herringbone style stonework here is also evidence of Saxon era workmanship. So who was Saint Nicholas? Saint Nicholas as we know of him now as Santa Claus, or Father Christmas, with his origins in the 4th century, Bishop Nicholas gave charity to the poor children in his home town of Myra Turkey. An image is shown inside the church. Bit confused as to whether this church should be Sheresford or Shereford? Cautley and Messent say Shereford, so to Pevsner. Others say different. west tower, south porch, nave and chancel. Modern roofs and benches. The tower is round and slightly battering and is probably pre-Conquest, and the quoins at west end of nave look early too. norman south doorway with two engaged shafts and early 13th century north doorway. Very early 11th century windows in south nave having splays on both sides. Unusual 14th century east window. There was a 13th century north aisle and the piers and arches still show in north wall of nave. there is an interesting circular Norman font with attached colomns to shaft and scallops on lower part of bowl.

Sheresford Saint Nicholas Church, Postcode, NR21
Sheresford Saint Nicholas Church, churches of norfolk by the old boi
Sheresford Saint Nicholas Church, churches of norfolk by the old boi
Sheresford Saint Nicholas Church, churches of norfolk by the old boi
Sheresford Saint Nicholas Church, churches of norfolk by the old boi
Sheresford Saint Nicholas Church, churches of norfolk by the old boi
Sheresford Saint Nicholas Church, churches of norfolk by the old boi
Sheresford Saint Nicholas Church, churches of norfolk by the old boi
Sheresford Saint Nicholas Church, churches of norfolk by the old boi
Sheresford Saint Nicholas Church, churches of norfolk by the old boi
Sheresford Saint Nicholas Church, churches of norfolk by the old boi
Sheresford Saint Nicholas Church, churches of norfolk by the old boi
Sheresford Saint Nicholas Church, churches of norfolk by the old boi
Sheresford Saint Nicholas Church, churches of norfolk by the old boi