[google9e69c0a38572f0b4.html]
West Dereham Saint Andrew's Church.

West Dereham Saint Andrew's Church.



West Dereham Saint Andrew's church, though a village is recorded as being here since Middle Saxon and there was probably a place of worship, the one standing at West Dereham is a fair bit older. On a previous site of an earlier monastery Saint Andrews stands proud on a hill. The tower pre-dates the church in that it was built in Saxon times as a watch tower, Saint Andrews itself is 1246, erected when the village was formed. There is a Jacobean pulpit and a plain font and a statue of one Hon, Edmund Soame, by R. Singleton of Bury. 17th century woodwork, memorials for Thomas Dereham, 1723. West Dereham Saint Andrew's Church. near Downham Market, has a round west tower with octagonal top, 5 bells, nave, chancel and south porch. The base of the tower is late Norman, the south doorway early English, and the rest mainly Perpendicular. There are two 18th century monuments to the Dereham family and a life-sized marble statue of Colonel Soame, died 1706; also a slab to Gregory Lovell, died 1693 and another to Edmund Soame 1714, by sculptor R. Singleton, Bury. There is a diagonal wall between the north wall of the nave and the chancel arch, containing the top and bottom doorways to the rood loft staircase. There is some ancient stained glass in two of the windows, said to have come fro the Abbey church.


West Dereham Saint Andrew's Church. Postcode:
West Dereham Saint Andrew's Church.
West Dereham Saint Andrew's Church.
West Dereham Saint Andrew's Church.
West Dereham Saint Andrew's Church.
West Dereham Saint Andrew's Church.
West Dereham Saint Andrew's Church.
West Dereham Saint Andrew's Church.
West Dereham Saint Andrew's Church.
West Dereham Saint Andrew's Church.
West Dereham Saint Andrew's Church.
West Dereham Saint Andrew's Church.
West Dereham Saint Andrew's Church.
West Dereham Saint Andrew's Church.