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Wednesday, 11 June 2014

St Peter's church, Brooke

In common with many Norfolk churches St Peter’s is built mainly of flint with some red brick buttresses. The church is built onto the Norman round tower and lies in the heart of a large village. It is a friendly and welcoming building to enter.

The simple porch has a niche above it’s arch which contains a modern statue of St Peter… possibly a medieval statue of the saint originally stood here.
 The  fine C15 door of the inner South doorway still has it’s sanctuary ring in situ

The church itself is a mixture of architectural styles – rather confusing, but nonetheless delightful
    The beautiful Seven Sacrament font is from the C15 which has eight saints surrounding it’s stem, sadly these saints are now all headless.
The nave, North aisle and chancel although originally C14 have since undergone extensive alterations and repairs.

The fine arch braced nave ceiling has corbels of carved angels holding shields.
The nave would seem quite dark except for the relief of  light coming from the eight clerestory windows in the North aisle.
In the South wall of the sanctuary is a C13 double piscina, and set into the same South wall in the nave near the door is a holy water stoup.

Most of the glass in this church is plain, but there are two stained glass East windows, which are memorials to the Brigham family who resided in Brooke during the 19th and 20th centuries.





The oak perpendicular pulpit is from the mid C19…One item of interest and not often seen, is the bracket above the pulpit which was used to hold an hourglass for timing the length of the sermons.









          The lectern is unusual and impressive 





The box pews were replaced by open benches in the mid C19 restoration of the church, and it was during this restoration that some medieval wall paintings were discovered, these were recorded and re-washed over with lime to preserve them.

The earliest registers for St Peter’s date from 1558 and are held in the Norfolk Records Office.




A lovely war memorial stands in the churchyard.



This may not be one of the most beautiful of churches but it has some very interesting points to explore.

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