Thursday, 6 November 2014

All Saints church Thurlton

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.
<<South door
 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.

I’ve not seen a similar doorway quite like this anywhere else…there are carved angels swinging censors in the spandrels of the arch, and a small carving at it’s apex, which is possibly of the Trinity. The inner moulding of the arch used to contain carvings of Tudor roses and crowns, but sadly there are now only fragments left to be seen, The top of the door itself has beautiful iron tracery work upon it;

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.
<<dado panels

 Upper rood screen >>

A window containing stretched glass is in the church...probably the precursor to our modern frosted glass

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”

<< Margaret Denny

               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

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