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Swanton Novers Saint Edmund Church NR24 2RF



Swanton Novers Saint Edmund Church, near Melton Constable, square wet tower, 1 bell, nave with north aisle but no clerestory, chancel and south porch. The style is mainly Decorated. The tower was rebuilt in 1821, and much renovation took place in 1881, when the north aisle and south porch were added. Mr Edwin Dolby of Abington was the artitect. The carved font is of interest. There is a curious piscina in the chancel. Cautley wrote that the church has lost much of its interest from restoration, but it has a 15th century font with evangelistic emblems, I really loved the piscina, its one of the most beautiful I have seen in Norfolk and in cludes a motif that is also used on the font. Swanton Novers has an entry in the Domesday Book of 1086, in which the village is recorded by the name Suanetuna. The main tenant was Bishop William. The survey also notes that there were 200 sheep. The name Suanetuna means 'town or settlement of the swine-herds'. The land was held by Milo de Nuiers in 1200. This name derives from Novers-Bocage in Normandy. 


Swanton Novers Saint Edmund Church, Postcode NR24 2RF