All Saints Church - Narborough - Norfolk - UK
Posted by: Norfolk12
N 52° 41.167 E 000° 34.949
31U E 336598 N 5840097
Quick Description: A norman church built c 1377 The church has features of many periods, but it is most notable for its monuments and brasses which reveal so much about the people who worshipped here centuries ago.
Location: Eastern England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 4/26/2012 1:57:00 AM
Waymark Code: WMEA93
The nave must have Norman origins, because you can find a typical Norman arch on the N side behind the boiler house. But most of the fabric has been rebuilt in the Perpendicular period.
Two large tomb recesses in the S wall are said to be the burial place of the founder (and his wife) of this aisle, which has interesting E window, its tracery has 2 quatrefoils within circles which is transitional between the Decorated and Perpendicular periods; this suggests a date about 1377.
The chancel is a continuation of the nave at the same height and without a chancel arch inside. It is all Perp. Period and has an enormous and glorious 5 light E window.
A sundial can be found on the buttress of the tower. The single bell is very old made in Thetford by John Draper in 1607, and there are frames for 2 other bells.
Inside the Church
The N arcade is 14th Century with quatrefoil piers which have slender filleted shafts in the diagonals. The arches on this side have 2 wave mouldings.
The S arcade is a little later than the N; it has octagonal piers, two of which have hollowed recesses on 4 faces with shallow trefoil headed arches at the top. There are stone seats around the bases of the pillars which remind us that there were no benches when this was built. The SW pier is different again.
The bench nearest the door has the arms of Spelman, quartering Narburgh carved on the end with these names inscribed above.
The Royal Arms are those of George ii, dated 1759, and there are also two fine hatchments,
The font is perpendicular period with fleurons alternating with shields on the 8 sides. The shields feature a Star of Bethlehem, IHS, Cross with ring of glory, Crown and sword crossed with a palm branch.
Framed copper reliefs of the 18th century depict the Descent from the Cross and the Adoration of the Shepherds, and have been used as War Memorials. They show great quality and deserve a close inspection.
The oldest monument is in the extreme NE corners of the chancel; this is a demi-figure of a lady in a niche, wearing a wimple and clasping a heart, she is Alethea de Narborough who died in 1293 which compares with the date of the tower.
A double piscine can be found in the chancel and in the N aisle another piscine which has been broken leaving only half the drain.
1. Sir Clement Spelman 1607 and his wife have a large wall monument showing them reclining and resting on their elbows, both wearing ruffs; a kneeling figure of a child and a baby in it’s cot are also included.
2. Sir John Spelman , 1662 at W of nave has black marble top with heraldic arms, skull, cherubs etc
3. Clement Spelman 1679 stands on a plinth in the chancel. He was the recorder of Nottingham. During Victorian restoration work his plinth was reduced in height and it was discovered that his coffin stood upright inside. It appears that he insisted on this to avoid being trodden upon.
Stained glass: The chancel N window has an excellent collection of fragments of early 15th century glass, which depict the 9 orders of Angels. The main lights of the same window contain 5 panels of heraldry, all dated 1578, and referring to different members of John Spelman’s family. There is a sixth panel of this glass at the W end of the N aisle.
details from leaflet inside church
Date the Church was built, dedicated or cornerstone laid: 1/1/1377
Age of Church building determined by?: Other reliable source
If denomination of Church is not part of the name, please provide it here: Church of England
If Church holds a weekly worship service and "all are welcome", please give the day of the week: Sunday
Street address of Church:
All Saints Church
Narborough, Norfolk United Kingdom
If Church is open to the public, please indicate hours: Not listed
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Secondary Website for Church or Historic Church Building: Not listed
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