St.Mary - St.Mary the Virgin'sw Church, High Street, Whissonsett, Dereham, Norfolk. NR20 5AP
Posted by: greysman
N 52° 46.413 E 000° 50.609
31U E 354528 N 5849260
Quick Description: A modern statuette of The Virgin Mary in the niche above the south porch entrance of St.Mary's Church.
Location: Eastern England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 3/20/2017 3:39:00 PM
Waymark Code: WMV9WE
Witcingkeseta, as it was known in the Domesday Book, means either the settlement of the Witcing tribe or a place of watery meadows.
The Parish Church, dedicated to St.Mary the Virgin, is Grade II* listed. It is of C14th Medieval date with later additions and heavily restored and repaired in 1873. Built of flint with ashlar dressings it has slate roofs and consists of a west tower, aisleless nave with south porch, and chancel with vestry and organ outshoot to the north.
The south porch has a corrugated iron roof over timber both of which are in need of replacement, a C15th four-centred entrance with polygonal responds and two small cusped windows. There is some medieval ironwork in the south door. Over the door is a niche carrying a coloured statuette of the Virgin Mary holding the infant Christchild, most unlikely original as any statues of this ilk would have been destroyed at the Reformation.
Words from British Listed Buildings and Pevsner's Norfolk 2 Buildings with amendments from own on site observations.
Coordinates are for the south porch entrance.