Wickhampton Saint Andrew Church NR13 3PB

Wickhampton Saint Andrew Church, as soon as you walk in the church you are immediately drawn to the beautiful wall murals. These of Saint Christopher, the Three living and Three dead, almost indistinquishable, and another called The Seven Works of Mercy, the church has a west tower, south porch, nave and chancel, the tower is 15th century and has nicely traceried sound holes. The roofs are modern, also the benches, the south doorway is 14th century, there is a good pulpit, Jacobean or Elizabethan. There is a step down to the chancle (one of only around six which step down, the others being Ashwellthorpe, Burgh Saint Mary, Dickleburgh, Helhoughton, Shelton and Wickhampton. One of the special features of the church are the two fine early 14th century tombs to Sir William Gerbrygge and his wife. These are nearly 21 feet long and consist of two canopied recesses in the north wall of the chancel with pinnacles. The knight lies in armour with sword and shield and the lady in a wimpole/whimple and beneath them is a row of armorial shields, at their feet are two pets. There are also the Arms of George II dated 1737. the painting of The Three Living and The Three Dead depicted a common theme in medieval life; the frailty of human existence. The Kings, depicted hunting, meet three cadavers in the woods who give the warning, "As you are now, so once were we; As we are now, so shall you be" Wickhampton or Wichamtuna, meaning home farm settlement. Old English wic (dairy farm) + ham (homestead) + tun (enclosure, settlement, farm).

Wickhampton Saint Andrew Church, Postcode: NR13 3PB