TF7343 : The church of All Saints - C15 bench end

near to Thornham, Norfolk, Great Britain

The church of All Saints - C15 bench end
The church of All Saints - C15 bench end
Depicting the vice of anger.

The church of All Saints > LinkExternal link - LinkExternal link - LinkExternal link was extensively restored during the 19th century because the building had become quite dilapidated. The south door with its wicket gate, however, dates from the 15th century > LinkExternal link - LinkExternal link. A small carving at its top depicts a fox preaching to geese. The restored hammerbeam roof rests on corbels rescued from the old building > LinkExternal link and there are a number of other medieval survivals, perhaps the most noteworthy being the carved bench ends with poppy heads such as the depictions of three passing vices (gluttony: a drunkard > LinkExternal link - anger: man holding a knife (seen here) - sloth: a man praying the rosary but falling asleep > LinkExternal link - all standing in the open jaws of hell), a mermaid, a chalice, a variety of animals, a ship in sail > LinkExternal link and a post mill > LinkExternal link. Only the rood screen dado has survived but it is one of only a few examples depicting not the 12 apostles but Old Testament prophets with scrolls > LinkExternal link - LinkExternal link - LinkExternal link. The C15 font is carved with shields > LinkExternal link. Of interest are also a few small brasses, C17 ledger stones >LinkExternal link and a fragment of Elizabethan text on the west wall. The church is open every day. For more information see: LinkExternal link

The model of a windmill > LinkExternal link in a glass display case at the west end of the south aisle shows the mill which once stood by the harbour until it was destroyed in 1929 in galeforce winds.
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Thursday, 5 June, 2008   (more nearby)
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Friday, 6 June, 2008
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