TF6626 : The ruined church of St Felix - viewed from the south-east

taken 9 years ago, near to Castle Rising, Norfolk, Great Britain

The ruined church of St Felix - viewed from the south-east
The ruined church of St Felix - viewed from the south-east
The church of St Felix > LinkExternal link is situated on an overgrown island surrounded by a pasture and cultivated fields. The church once used to be adjoined by the now lost village of Babingley > LinkExternal link. It fell into disrepair, perhaps due to its isolated location, and despite attempts to salvage what was left during the 19th century the building was soon abandoned for good. Closer to the main road (now the A149) the Chapel of St Felix > LinkExternal link was built as a replacement in the 1880s but it too fell into disuse and now serves the British Orthodox community. The ruin can be reached via a footpath and a gate > LinkExternal link which leads across a pasture. Much of what remains of the structure - the tower, porch and outer walls - is clad in vines of ivy and the churchyard is overgrown > LinkExternal link. The nave, which at some stage was completely blocked off from the chancel by a still intact wall > LinkExternal link with a window in it (perhaps to be used for some other purpose for some time) is clear of vegetation and the south aisle arcade > LinkExternal link is still in place, as are two ornate wall recesses > LinkExternal link at the east end. Trees are growing in the chancel > LinkExternal link and there is a large gap in the north wall and where the east window used to be. Babingley is one of several locations claiming that the landfall of St Felix happened here (on the occasion of the saint's invitation by the Wuffings, the then East Anglian royal family).
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Date Taken
Friday, 9 October, 2009   (more nearby)
Saturday, 10 October, 2009
Church (ruined)   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 666 260 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:48.3968N 0:28.2529E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TF 667 260
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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