TL9198 : St Peter's church

taken 10 years ago, near to Merton, Norfolk, Great Britain

St Peter's church
St Peter's church
St Peter's church > LinkExternal link - LinkExternal link is situated in the grounds of Merton Park, which forms part of the estate of the de Grey family; the south porch once used to serve as the private entrance into the church for members of the de Grey family and the southern section of the churchyard offers a fine view towards Merton Hall > LinkExternal link where the present Lord of Walsingham still lives. Opinions are divided whether the round tower of the church is Saxon or early Norman but all are agreed on the original church being older. The church was extensively restored in the 19th century and most of the stained glass windows date from that time. The east window > LinkExternal link depicts 12 scenes from the life of Christ. The three-sided communion rails > LinkExternal link - dating from about 1690 - are a rare survival of this Puritan arrangement which gave the laity access right up to the east wall of the chancel. The two-decker pulpit > LinkExternal link with a reading desk is early C17 and the opening seen behind it is the entrance to the former rood loft. The exquisitely carved rood screen is original and dates from the 14th century. Its panels have a stencilled floral motif > LinkExternal link. On the wall nearby there is a brass > LinkExternal link to William de Grey (d. 1495) with his two wives facing him. The de Grey family's large Jacobean box pew > LinkExternal link is located at the east end of the south aisle; on the floor is a brass > LinkExternal link to Thomas de Grey (d. 1562). The hexagonal font > LinkExternal link - unusual because East Anglian fonts are commonly octagonal - dates from the 15th century. (This information was taken from an information leaflet compiled by Simon Cotton and Richard Butler-Stoney.) The church is kept locked and access is possible by appointment only. See also: LinkExternal link
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TL9198, 35 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 19 February, 2008   (more nearby)
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Tuesday, 19 February, 2008
Category
Church   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 912 980 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:32.8132N 0:49.1211E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 911 980
View Direction
East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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