Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Rockland St Mary's church,Norfolk

Situated in the village, it’s a short walk through the churchyard via a path which has a hooped railing fence on either side. The church has a slim tapering tower.
Opposite the Victorian porch stands a memorial cross dedicated to the men who lost their lives in WW2  

The church doorway is C14 and it’s door retains it’s original ring handle

As I entered the church I noticed an overwhelming fragrance of Lillies – this came from a beautifully arranged pedestal of flowers in the sanctuary

There's a C15 font which has angels and shields around it's bowl and some rather garish painted figures on it's stem.

 The pulpit was installed to commemorate the Jubilee of Queen Victoria.

..Sadly the church lost it’s thatched roof in 1892 , the same year as new pews were installed.

Ladders have to be used to go up into the belfry tower  

Two old roundel depictions  of Martha and Mary have been inserted into a window on the N side of the nave. And on the nave’s S side set into a niche in the chancel arch is a lovely statue of the blessed virgin 

In the sanctuary there is a memorial window in the N wall dedicated to Mary Holblack and the  stained  glass in the S window opposite depicts St George

I believe the rather fine reredos which was painted by the daughter of a Victorian vicar had some of the old rood screen inserted into it. 

Two poignant brasses in the sanctuary are for Robert Cocke who died June 1638 aged 22 and his infant son John who followed him four months later. 
I love the name on one ledgerstone in particular ‘Arranmynthea’wife of John Cook, she died in Nov 1792 six years after her husband.

Back out into the graveyard and a few metres East of St Mary’s chancel there are a few remaining   fragments of masonry, these belong to the church of St Margaret which was built at the same time as St Mary’s but  became a ruin over 300 years ago.

Along the NE side of the churchyard there is an unusual recent grave maker..I've never seen a similar epitaph anywhere else.

This is a fine church surrounded by it's neat and orderly churchyard

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