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Yaxham, round towered church, norfolk UK.
Yaxham, Saint Peter Church, NR19-1RQ.




Yaxham, Saint Peter Church, Yaxmam or Jachesham, Either cuckoos meadow or Geacs homestead. The first element is either old English geaces (cuckoos) or it could be a personal name (?Geac). The second element either Old English hamm (meadow)  or ham (homestead). As I have said a few times now. One of 125 round towered churches still surviving in Norfolk. This one has a fortification or battlement on the top, on one side of the tower there are fillets including conglomerate stones which join the tower to the nave, this a Saxon feature. The Northwest corner of the nave is constructed with carrstone on the quoin. The porch is around 1390, the chancel windows are 19th century, a vast difference in ages. The original Saxon door is shown some 20 feet up, its door taken possibly from another church front. A ladder or rope ladder was needed for its access. There are 6 bells. There used to be five bells, but a treble was added in 1957, the oldest is dated 1625 and was made by John Draper. Another John restored and rehung these bells, it was John Taylor & Co of Loughborough. The nave pews came from All Saints church King's Lynn. There is a wall painting of Saint Christopher. Hes carrying the infant Christ. The font is of c.1430. A sundial reminding us that our days on Earth are as a shadow is on the clerestory wall of the 14th and 15th century church, with a round Norman tower crowned by a 600 year old belfry. over its crude archway to the nave is an equally crude doorway.  Clustered and eight-sided pillars support the arches of the one arcade. On a step adorned with quatrefoils stands the beautiful 15th century font, of which the stem and the base of the bowl form traceried and vaultered canopies, with finials rising to the top of the bowl. It is sumptuaus and elegant, and has been copied in the church at Cromer. A battered coffin lid has a cross and part of the Omega emblem, and roundels and shields of old glass remain. Good carving old and new is in the screenwork of the aisle. There is a plain Jacobean chest and Jacobean panels in the stalls carved with grotesque heads. A few old benches are companions for modern ones with poppyheads. And a zoo of quaint animals, most of them grotesque, among them lions, unicorns, griffins, a tiger, antelopes and an elephant with castle. https://churchesofnorfolk.com by the Old Boi.


Yaxham, Saint Peter Church, Postcode: NR19-1RQ.
Yaxham, round towered church, norfolk UK.
Yaxham, round towered church, norfolk UK.
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Yaxham, round towered church, norfolk UK.
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Yaxham, round towered church, norfolk UK.
Yaxham, round towered church, norfolk UK.stained glass
Yaxham, round towered church, norfolk UK.stained glass
Yaxham, round towered church, norfolk UK.stained glass
Yaxham, round towered church, norfolk UK.stained glass
Yaxham, round towered church, norfolk UK.stained glass