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West Walton Saint Mary's Church.
West Walton Saint Mary's Church.


Always thought as a Cambridgeshire church, West Walton on the border of Cambridgeshire and Norfolk is a Norfolk church, built on land that subsides and has been linked in past days to that of King John and his treasure, stands with church some 60 feet or more from the tower. This splendid church with its finery inside and out, from entering via a small priests door, to its brass eagle lectern, it's wall paintings
The decoration in the nave consists of three distinct schemes dating from the 13th, 17th and 18th centuries. The earliest work (c. 1240) is set on a background of lime wash on which red lines simulate masonry. The south clerestory panels contain painted imitation tapestries decorated with ornamental crosses, fleur-de-lys, rosettes, griffins, doves and fish.
Much of the detail escapes attention at first sight: a more careful examination of an apparently simple geometrical pattern of yellow and red rectangles reveals rows of fish hanging to dry. Close inspection, during restoration work, showed that outlines of birds as well as grids for the tapestry and roundel designs were incised into the plaster, and imprints of compass points could be seen.
Originally the 13th century decoration continued into the spandrels of the nave arcade in a series of roundels. Generally these have been over painted in subsequent schemes, but half spandrels, whose design resembles a rose window, have survived at the east end of the nave.
The superimposed 17th and 18th century schemes depict ten of the tribes of Israel. Each roundel gives the tribe's name, has an appropriate emblem painted on a shield, and supplies a relevant biblical reference. In places elements of the 13th and 17th century decoration show through the subsequent reworking.
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and it's carved wooded fittings.
West Walton Saint Mary's Church.
West Walton Saint Mary's Church.
West Walton Saint Mary's Church.
West Walton Saint Mary's Church.
West Walton Saint Mary's Church.
West Walton Saint Mary's Church.
West Walton Saint Mary's Church.
West Walton Saint Mary's Church.
West Walton Saint Mary's Church.
West Walton Saint Mary's Church.
West Walton Saint Mary's Church.
West Walton Saint Mary's Church.
West Walton Saint Mary's Church.