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Norfolk contains the first St Mary's church I ever visited (except for MY St Mary's in Plumtree but that doesn't count 'cos that's where I live). It's in Broad Lane in Brancaster. I thought the photo of me outside it wasn't very good, so I persuaded my associates to take me back to Norfolk, get a better picture and (maybe) visit a few other St Mary's churches in the process. Look at them all! What a lot of lovely St Mary's.

Please note: I saw a lot of broken down churches - or bits of churches - on my travels in Norforlk. I would like to assure my lovely readers that I was not responsible for them falling down; I never even touched them!

Click on a picture to read a bit more about the church (and maybe see more pictures of me!).

Aldborough (243)

 

Antingham (245)

 

Baconsthorpe (224)

 

Barney (240)

 

Barningham Winter (225)

 

Bessingham (226)

 

Binham (241)

 

Brancaster (001)

 

Burgh Parva (238)

 

Burnham Deepdale (232)

 

Burnham Market (231)

 

Erpingham (244)

 

Great Snoring (236)

 

Gunthorpe (239)

 

Happisburgh (227)

 

Holme-next-the-Sea (235)

 

Itteringham (242)

 

Kelling (223)

 

Northrepps (228)

 

Old Hunstanton (234)

 

Roughton (229)

 

Stody (237)

 

Titchwell (233)

 

Wiveton (230)

 

Go back to my St Mary's Churches page

 

243. Aldborough

Well, the gatepost is all right, but the noticeboard is a bit wonky here. This St Mary's doesn't have a tower at all (round, square or falling down).

Inside, the church is quite plain (which I like as it makes me stand out). There is a nice, flat font cover and Uncle Les found a handy sunbeam for me to sit in (it makes the fur look particularly splendid, you know!).

245. Antingham

And then to be really odd, there's another church in the churchyard (they've not planned that very well) but it's in bits and covered in ivy. It was dedicated to St Margaret, so not on my list, but you can see a bit of it in this photo of me sitting on a grave.

I'm ready to go home to MY St Mary's for a serious snooze - wake me up at Easter!

224. Baconsthorpe

Another windy church. This time Auntie Fiona hid behind the noticeboard to make sure I was safe.

This St Mary's was much bigger inside than it looked from outside. The font was high up on a pedestal thingy so I had a great view of the inside of the church.

240. Barney

As noticeboards go, I've seen better. There's also a twig in front of my nose in the photo. I keep mentioning this sort of thing to Uncle Les but he doesn't seem to take any notice.

 

Inside the church my photo is much better - splendid fur to the fore; sitting on the font in a sunbeam. I also found this funny cart to sit. It would be fun to be pulled around the place instead of being carried. [Not much fun for the person doing the pulling, Big Ted].

225. Barningham Winter

My photo by this noticeboard seems to involve a lot of tree. But it was an exciting church. It’s down a long drive and the tower is in bits and not attached to the main part of the church.

The funny thing is that the font is in the open air at the bottom of the broken-down tower, so I had a very problematic photo session (you can't really tell from the photo, but Uncle Les couldn't get me and the tower in). It was very windy indeed round the tower - perhaps that’s why it fell down. I can’t imagine a baby putting up with this sort of nonsense when it was baptised.

I went into the main bit of the church as well.

226. Bessingham

This church has got a lovely round tower – apparently that’s something special, but there are quite a few in Norfolk. [There are about 185 surviving examples of round-tower churches in the country, 124 are in Norfolk, Big Ted.]

The church is quite small inside and the font is squeezed into the corner. It was a bit tricky to get me, the font and Uncle Les in the same place with Auntie Fiona out of shot!

241. Binham

Isn't this impressive? Binham is a priory church, which means it was once part of a monastery. The church that's left is the nave of the original church. The font is really, really high up. I got quite nervous as I do have a bit of a habit of falling - and I don't always bounce!

Uncle Les asked me if I fancied a beer. And then he took this photo, which he thought was very funny. I don't really understand the joke myself (but it is a big bier, at least a pint #snigger).

Technic'ly, the St Mary's is the monks' part of the church that no longer exists (other than a few stones). But I informed my driver (Auntie Fiona) that I wanted to visit here anyway.

1. Brancaster

This St Mary’s was the very first one I visited away from MY St Mary’s way back in 2015. I came back to have some more photos taken and to have a look around inside.

It has a splendidly pointy font cover. I was very careful when I sat in it to have my photo taken ‘cos it looks rather fragile.

238. Burgh Parva

This is an amazing church that's painted with bright green walls and a red roof! It looks very smart. [This is called a "Tin Tabernacle", a type of prefabricated church made from corrugated iron, Big Ted]. The village of Burgh Parva doesn't really exist now, it's all part of Melton Constable so this church is also called Melton Constable new church.

There is a tower from an old church in the churchyard. I also saw two hares playing in the churchyard here; their ears were bigger than mine!

232. Burnham Deepdale

Yay, another round-tower church and the sun has come out! Apparently, the font is rather special as it was made by someone called Norman – can’t see why that makes it special! [The font was made during the early Norman period (12th Century). Unusually, shows the changing types of labour throughout the months of the farming calendar, Big Ted.]

231. Burnham Market

Another St Mary’s with a comfy wall ‘specially for a bear to sit on (better than a smelly wheelie bin or a holly hedge).

It has a splendid font tucked away in a corner at the back. Uncle Les took my photo as I was examining the handle on the font cover.

244. Erpingham

The photo taken outside is very odd, it makes me look as though I've got my head leaning against a tree (which I didn't). But there were lots of daffodils around the churchyard.

It was very tricky finding this place 'cos there was a road closure just where we wanted to go and there was a lot of rude muttering from the front seats of the car. Fortunately, I didn't understand any of it!

The church was open and had a really excellent font with lots of carving. There was also a history tapestry made by the ladies of the WI, and a squint that I just had to squint through (#snigger).

236. Great Snoring

When I heard about this St Mary’s I just knew I had to come here. What a fabulous name for a village. The church has a really big square font with extra pillars at the corners to hold it up (and no font cover, tsk). This was the last church of a very long day, so afterwards I did… (wait for it…) great snoring (tee hee #snigger)!

Apparently, I visited Little Snoring when I was first in Norfolk. But as it doesn’t have a St Mary’s, I wasn’t woken up from my snoring to see it (#snigger).

239. Gunthorpe

A square tower and a nice square gatepost to sit on.

Inside there is a really interesting font cover, I could almost climb into it. They had some funny flower arrangements with big green flowers in them as well.

227. Happisburgh

I was very “happy” to visit Happisburgh, but then someone said it’s pronounced “Hazeborough” – I was hazy about whether that was a good thing (#snigger)!

Anyway, the village has a big St Mary’s on top of a windy hill and has a good view of the sea. Sadly, the church was closed for maintenance work and so I couldn’t go in. Even more sadly, I had to sit on a wheelie bin for my photo (really that is most undignified and shouldn’t be allowed).

235. Holme-next-the-Sea

This is a nice looking church with daffodils in the churchyard.

It’s quite plain inside and only has windows on one side for some reason. I’m not sure that my font photo shows me at my best. I appear to be studying the ceiling. I think Uncle Les caught me off guard.

There are actually three fonts in this St Mary’s, but I only saw (and sat on) one! My researchers are very naughty not to have spotted this. And it wasn't "next-the-Sea" either - or at least I never saw the sea here.

242. Itteringham

The noticeboard wasn't much to write home about. Also I had to sit on a pile of leaves for my photo (shorts and T-shirt in the wash when I get home).

But, Itteringham does have a very comfy eight-sided font and a nice upright bit for me to lean against (no roofward-staring photos here, thank you very much, see Holme-next-the-Sea).

223. Kelling

It was very windy here. Outside Auntie Fiona had to support me very carefully so I could have my photo taken without wobbling or falling off the pillar.

Then we went inside where it wasn’t windy at all and Uncle Les took my photo on the font. This is a nice little church; very plain inside.

228. Northrepps

This St Mary’s has got a notice board with a handy bit for a bear to wedge himself in and not fall off. The notices weren’t very exciting though.

I went inside and Uncle Les took two rather good photos of me on the font. I particularly like the close-up. I think I have a quizzical look and my fur looks particularly splendid. [That’s quite enough; it’s not all about you, Big Ted!]

234. Old Hunstanton

This is a really big St Mary’s. It has ducks outside it beside a pond, but it also has birds flying about inside it and cheese on the floor!

There were some lovely stone windows in the porch and Uncle Les took a photo of me looking through one of them. He took a lot of other photos of me: on the font (square, with little pillars, made by that Norman chap again – he must have been very busy). Also chatting to some bears (very friendly).

229. Roughton

St Mary’s in Roughton is another church with a round tower. They were having some work done inside, but fortunately the church was open for me to look around.

There is a rather fun font cover that I was able to wedge myself into. And I also took the opportunity to climb a tree in the churchyard.

237. Stody

This is another church with a round tower. It's got a bit of a sad noticeboard though, needs a bit of TLC (Ted's loving care!).

The church was s'posed to be open but wasn't. I think I was a bit too early (for once). So, as I couldn't go inside, I sat in a tree to get a picture in front of the tower.

233. Titchwell

I’m getting to like these round-tower churches. They look a bit like my round tummy. This St Mary’s has quite a short tower with a little spire on the top.

Inside, the font is quite shallow, so I wasn’t worried about falling in. And in an alcove in the porch there was a model of the church. It was quite solid so I sat on it for a photo! I’ve never sat on a church before.

230. Wiveton

This is another surprisingly big St Mary’s, and it’s lovely inside with lots of box pews.

It has an old font in the middle at the back, but it doesn’t have a font cover. I was a little worried I would fall in; but I didn’t (you'll be pleased to know the font didn't lean as much as it looks in the photo!). There were lots of flowers at the bottom of the font, which was nice.

 

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