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Wymondham Abbey NR18 0PJ
Wymondham Abbey NR18 0PJ



Wymondham Abbey, Since having my brain operation, its taken away the ability for me to cry. I once saw someone have this same emotion when visiting Walsingham Lady Chapel, but alas I couldn't. What a beautiful building! At the time of calling, all staff made me feel at home, and put me at ease. My disability was taken into account, and nothing could have been done that was too much. All information was expertly given and all questions answered. This didn't matter who I spoke to. Here is just a few of the hundreds of photos I took, I hope you like:
Abbey NR18 0PJ by the Old Boi, the official name of the Abbey is SS. Mary and Thomas of Canterbury. it has, west tower, north porch, nave and north and south aisles. This noble church formerly formed part of a great Abbey. The octagonal tower was central, being flanked by transeots and having a chancel. In the 15th century the parishioners built the fine west tower, this stands 142@ high but has never been finished, being with out its parapet and pinnacles, (two shown inside) Huge octagonal butresses go up to the top with little shafts attached at corners and banded, the upper stages being panelled. The 15th century porch is groined with interesting carved bosses and has a parvise over. In the spandrils of arch are the Annunciation with a bandof shields above and flanking the parvise window are niches probably for the patron saints. The pierced parapet is very graceful. Part of the 15th century clerestory on the north side has an ogee hood mould finishing with a finial and is flush panelled and has a pierced parapet similar to that of porch and with letters for patron saints. Inside the appearance is very impressive with its 60' tower arch, its Norman arcades and triforium and its beautiful roof. The stone gallery to tower is modern and the springers of the stone vaulting remain but it has now been groined in wood. The western piers of arcade remain but those further east have been encased in stone and only the original caps to shafts left showing. Why this dreadful maltreatment I can't think. They say it was to strengthen the piers when the clerestory was raised, but the piers as they were must have been strong enough for all purposes. The roof to nave is magnificent. Built at the same time as the clerestory it is symmetrical, which so often they are not, arch-braced from long wall posts to hammer-beams formed of recumbent angels with great wings, thence arch-braced above with traceried spandrils and a deep apex to arch which acts as collar with great flowers at apex and again at intersection of purlins and principals, a deep angel filled cornice double arch-braced between intermediate principals, a deep angel filled cornice double arched between intermediate principals, it is undoubtedly one of the finest roofs in the county, if not country. The roof to north aisle is a similar construction, but very much restored and apart from its intrinsic merits is interesting because over the altar dedicated to B.V.M. (Blessed Virgin Mary) is a canopy of honour, the boards being decorated with crowned M's a rare feature of Norfolk. The font is of typical East Anglian type, with the lions broken from the base, but at the west end of north aisle are remains of what must have been one of the finest 13th century fonts in the country. Good fonts of this period are comparatively rare and it is a pity it can't be repaired to show its former glory. The north aisle windowsnare early 15th century and have engaged shafts to jambs and scoison arches. It is interesting to note that the monks formaerly had a dormitory above the south aisle and slits can be seen in the walls of triforium to give them a view of what was going on in the church. The muniment room in the parvise is exceptionally interesting, not only having a fine collection of medieval documents, but a pillar piscina and best of all 13th century Burse or corporas case which is a hundred years earlier than the famous one at Hessent (Suffolk) There is a parliament clock under the tower made by Brown of Norwich.


and it has toilets and drinking area. A not to miss place.

Wymondham Abbey NR18 0PJ
Wymondham Abbey NR18 0PJ
Wymondham Abbey NR18 0PJ
 Abbey NR18 0PJ by the Old Boi
 Abbey NR18 0PJ by the Old Boi
 Abbey NR18 0PJ by the Old Boi
 Abbey NR18 0PJ by the Old Boi
Wymondham Abbey NR18 0PJ
Wymondham Abbey NR18 0PJ
 Abbey NR18 0PJ by the Old Boi
 Abbey NR18 0PJ by the Old Boi
 Abbey NR18 0PJ by the Old Boi
 Abbey NR18 0PJ by the Old Boi
Wymondham Abbey NR18 0PJ
Wymondham Abbey NR18 0PJ by the Old Boi
 Abbey NR18 0PJ by the Old Boi
 Abbey NR18 0PJ by the Old Boi
 Abbey NR18 0PJ by the Old Boi
 Abbey NR18 0PJ by the Old Boi