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Thursford, Saint Andrew's Church

Thursford, Saint Andrew's Church.



Thursford Saint Andrews Church, set off the main Fakenham to Cromer road, home of the Thursford Steam Engine Collection and the marvelous organ player Robert Wolfe, Messent says, square west tower, 1 bell, nave with aisles, but no clerestory, chancel, and north chapel, north porch. The church is situated in a Park. The church possesses work of all three periods of Gothic. It was much renovated and parts rebuilt in 1863, and further restoration took place in 1872. Most of the internal fittings are modern, There are memorial tablets to the Sheringham family from 1754,and one to Charles Guybon, died 1760. There are other memorials to the Chad family, who have been great benefactors to this church.West tower, north porch, nave, south and north aisles and chancel. This church is very dark and hard to photograph, and has been much rebuilt and restored. The 14th century tower has a niche below the west window, and in glass the Arms of England with garter motto in vestry, initialled for Elizabeth I. Pevsner stated, Nothing unusual about this church as you approach it down the park drive to the big house'. Assorted gothic. It seems, with an elegant early 14th century tower. But its rather extraordinary. Rather gloomy- and Victorian chancel which either exasperates or enchants. High Victorian pantomime piers, two-deep, look through to a resoundingly ugly transept raised about 6 feet higher than the rest of the church, like the public gallery in a courtroom. This was, in fact the family pew of the Chadds of Thursford Hall, its elevation explained by the fact  that their burial vault is underneath. Back in the chancel, typical Victorian encaustic tiles cover the floor, and a dominant mosaic reredos backs the altar. If you like Victorian glass, then here you will find some of the finest, that in the east window in particular, of about 1862 (One of the most beautiful of its time in England or indeed Europe, enthuses the normally cool and analytical ). In the nave, a central column holding up the north arcade defies courteous description: a Victorian disgrace. On the other side, the arcade looks original, but is so individual that no one hesitates to place it. Under the tower a good marble monument of Sir Thomas Guybon 1666 signed by the London sculptor, William Stanton 1639-1705. No toilets, some of the church is disabled friendly, open on second trip, (Was a Saturday)
Nearby is Thursford Steam Museum. https://www.thursford.com/steam-museum/
Thursford, Saint Andrew's Church
Thursford, Saint Andrew's Church
Thursford, Saint Andrew's Church
Thursford, Saint Andrew's Church
Thursford, Saint Andrew's Church.
Thursford, Saint Andrew's Church.
Thursford, Saint Andrew's Church
Thursford, Saint Andrew's Church
Thursford, Saint Andrew's Church
Thursford, Saint Andrew's Church
Thursford, Saint Andrew's Church.
Thursford, Saint Andrew's Church.
Thursford, Saint Andrew's Church
Thursford, Saint Andrew's Church
Thursford, Saint Andrew's Church
Thursford, Saint Andrew's Church
Thursford, Saint Andrew's Church.
Thursford, Saint Andrew's Church.