Sunday, 17 August 2014

St Peter & St Paul, Bergh Apton

Driving through rambling Norfolk country lanes I found this church standing roadside on the SE edge of the village and holding a commanding position close to the river Chet.
I believe the church had to be greatly restored in the mid C19, but retains it’s C14 square tower which had a chequerwork castellated parapet added at a later date.
                    The tower has a working clock on it’s North face.

The South porch is delightful with endearing corbel heads around the church doorway  << -- >>
 ... and there's a note on the wall just through the door which made me smile
I found the interior of the church to be rather dark, - although I admit the sun wasn’t shining on the day I visited here, but the nave has a plain C19 plastered ceiling which had been painted over and worked upon to give it the appearance of wood  graining – not sure if I really liked that.

The chancel arch is large with mouldings…The present chancel was built after an earlier one collapsed in the early C18


There’s a lovely well preserved (or maybe restored) C14 font with evangelistic symbols, which stands under the West gallery.

I was quite taken by some of the beautiful C19 stained glass windows in the chancel

On the South wall of the nave is a memorial plaque recording four hundred years of service to this parish by the Denny-Cooke family who lived in Bergh Apton Manor

 A crudely cut scratch dial can just about still be seen on the outside cornerstone of the South transept wall, and on the outer East wall of the South transept there are two memorial plaques – for Edward Bound d.1801 and his wife Elizabeth d. 1799  and the other for another Elizabeth Bound who d. 1792…there’s also a plaque on the inner South transept wall for this family.  Their tomb in the churchyard gives evidence to them being a well  respected local family who resided at Bergh Apton Hall

The south side of the churchyard is large with many trees...I liked it a lot

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