This is a grade one listed medieval thatched roof church which overlooks the Broadland marshes. It is basically C12 with some C15 additions
It’s C15 square tower is impressive.
The lovely Norman South door is not the main entrance.
The one used for this purpose is the elaborate pre-reformation C15 door on the North side of the church, which has protection from it’s contemporary porch.
The font is of the usual Tudor style, adorned with carved roses and shields. There are four carved lions standing around it’s base.
On the north wall is an enormous late medieval wall painting of St Christopher…it wasn’t discovered until early C20 while the church was being cleaned
An early C20 oak pulpit was gifted to the church by the Sewell family. There is a C17 hour glass stand on the adjacent wall which was used for timing the length of the sermons
The mid C19 pews have doors, which help to keep out the draught – almost essential I would think in this chilly church.
The C15 rood screen must have looked impressive in it’s early days with vibrant colouring. Sadly most of the dado panels have now gone and what are left are in very poor condition - although the upper screen still has amazing tracery work.
Upper rood screen >>
The chancel contains a number of fine wall memorials,. Most impressive of these are on the north wall - a marble tablet topped with heraldry to Margaret Denny d.1717. and further along on the same wall an epitaph to Ann Denny d.1665 which contains the verse…
“Reader stay and you shall heare
with your eye, who ‘tis lyes heare
For when stones do silence brake
th’ voice is seene not heard to speake”
Ann Denny >>
..…there are also C17 ledgerstones for the Denny family in the chancel floor. This notable family resided at Thurlton Manor
The simple alter table is Jacobean…it looks rather forlorn standing bare below the charming East window with it’s angel
An interesting headstone in the churchyard is for Joseph Bexfield who drowned in 1809 . ( I believe there are others buried here who met the same fate)...they serve as a reminder that this area is surrounded by the marshes