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Trunch, Saint Botolph, Church
Trunch, Saint Botolph, Church, NR28-0PZ.


Trunch, Saint Botolph, Church, Near North Walsham, Square west tower, 3 bells, nave with aisles, chancel and south porch, also a small south porch which supports a buttress, to the priest's door. This church is mainly in the late Decorated period style, but the clerestory is perpendicular. I was suggested a visit by a man whilst at a fare at the Sandringham Park and have been waiting half a year to gradually work my way around to it. I was not at all disappointed. I was told to look at the font, it is supposed to be extra special. The fond is octagonal, and has a very beautiful carved "Baptistery" canopy with some original colouring and is most uncommon. The only other ones so far that that I find equal to or maybe surpass are those of Terrington Saint Clement, and Saint Peter Mancroft in Norwich City centre. There is a fine hammer-beam roof to the nave, complete with spandrels of openwork. The ancient rood screen is well preserved and has some Miserere stalls on the east side. There is a memorial in the chancel to Rev. Lancelot Thexton, who was rector here. Cautley wrote:Trunch, Saint Botolph, Church, west tower, south porch, nave, north and south aisles and chancel. This is one of the most interesting in the county. The 14th century tower has sound holes, the nave is thatched facing the nave is arch-braced and coloured. The hexagonal font is traceried, and has above it a beautiful hexagonal canopy five feet across. At the corners are carved posts, supporting a flat arch and cresting, then there rise six panels which were probably painted, there still being traces of a rood on one, and on the east side there was probably a carved Crucifixion scene, as the peg poles can still be traced in the panel. Above these there is a very rich canopied top surmounted by six converging ogee crocketted arches and a finial. The roof to nave is an arch-braced hammer-beam, having the richest traceried spandrils I have met with. long wall posts on good stone brackets are arch-braced between and flowers at the intersections of ridge and principals. Four two-light clerestory windows on each side above 14th century arcades. At Trunch, Saint Botolph, Church the formerly groined screen is another treasure, with a double filigree of cusping round the arch and underneath a crocketted ogee arch. Carved and inscribed middle rail and painted panels of the twelve apostles below, but with faces much mutilated. The base is unusual. It has a trail with battlemented cresting, most interesting bases to the buttresses, the whole standing upon a sill with continuous quatrefoils.  There is loads of graffiti, a mass dial and most important of all, a "Toilet, disabled friendly and (unlocked)"


Trunch, Saint Botolph, Church, Postcode:NR28-0PZ,
Trunch, Saint Botolph, Church
Trunch, Saint Botolph, Church
Trunch, Saint Botolph, Church
Trunch, Saint Botolph, Church
Trunch, Saint Botolph, Church
Trunch, Saint Botolph, Church
Trunch, Saint Botolph, Church
Trunch, Saint Botolph, Church
Trunch, Saint Botolph, Church
Trunch, Saint Botolph, Church
Trunch, Saint Botolph, Church
Trunch, Saint Botolph, Church