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Wroxham, Saint Mary Church, NR12-8SG.

Wroxham, Saint Mary Church, NR12-8SG.



Wroxham, Saint Mary Church, Wroxham or Vrocsham, meaning Either homestead where buzzards (birds of prey) are common, or Wrocs homestead. There may have been an Old English word wroc which is similar to an old Swedish word vrak (buzzard) The second element is Old English ham (homestead). shares a list of only six similar churches in Norfolk to have a Norman doorway. This stained in blue dye maybe as late as the 19th century. The font is 1848, octagonal in shape and has 8 separate decorations on each of the bowls outside edges. The roof is 15th century, the windows by King's of Norwich were reglazed in 1896 and the pews installed by G.E. Hawes in 1894. Outside is a beautiful Mausoleum, its built by Anthony Salvin 1829, his first ecclesiastical building and is the resting place of Sigismund Trafford and many others. No doubt built in the 1860s when the head of the family became a Roman Catholic and the alter there erected. Wroxham, Saint Mary Church, West tower, south porch, nave south aisle and chancel. The Norman south doorway is very fine with three engaged and knopped shafts with carved caps having curious heads on them and an arch of seven orders. Dreadful arcades to aisles, a simple arch-braced roof to nave and modern fittings. The chancel has a slight "weep" to north. The 15th century tower has good sound holes.

Look at these, my child-bearing hips

Look at these, my ruby red ruby lips...

Sheela-na-gig, Sheela-na-gig

You exhibitionist

The year is 1992 and the singer-songwriter PJ Harvey is performing Sheela-Na-Gig, the most successful single from her critically acclaimed album Dry. But unless you're a fan of late 20th Century indie music, or an expert in Norman church architecture, there's every chance you've not been exposed to the sheela-na-gig - or have sauntered past one without even realising it. Sheela-na-gig is the carving hidden in plain sight, these sculptures of squatting women pulling back their labia have for nearly a millennium aroused feelings of intrigue, shame and even anger.Often overlooked, or perhaps ignored, by vicars and congregations, the figures can be seen in dozens of British churches.


Wroxham, Saint Mary Church, NR12-8SG.

Wroxham, Saint Mary Church, NR12-8SG.
Wroxham, Saint Mary Church, NR12-8SG.
Wroxham, Saint Mary Church, NR12-8SG.
Wroxham, Saint Mary Church, NR12-8SG.
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Wroxham, Saint Mary Church, NR12-8SG.
Wroxham, Saint Mary Church, NR12-8SG.
Wroxham, Saint Mary Church, NR12-8SG.
Wroxham, Saint Mary Church, NR12-8SG.
Wroxham, Saint Mary Church, NR12-8SG.
Wroxham, Saint Mary Church, NR12-8SG.
Wroxham, Saint Mary Church, NR12-8SG.
Wroxham, Saint Mary Church, NR12-8SG.