TG1001 : Wymondham Abbey - west tower viewed through ruined doorway

taken 11 years ago, near to Wymondham, Norfolk, Great Britain

Wymondham Abbey - west tower viewed through ruined doorway
Wymondham Abbey - west tower viewed through ruined doorway
The church of St Mary & St Thomas of Canterbury, known as Wymondham Abbey, once used to be the church of a Benedictine Priory that once stood here. The Priory became an Abbey in 1448 but was closed by Henry VIII in the 1530s; its remains can still be seen in the adjacent field. The church was completed during the 12th century. It used to be a cruciform church, with a length of 70 metres and twin west towers.

The church as we see it today was restored in 1901/03 and the reredos > LinkExternal link - designed by church architect Sir Ninian Comper - was finally installed in 1934, after decades of delay. It had been begun as a memorial to the people of Wymondham who died in WW1. The sedilia > LinkExternal link dates from the 1530s - it is made of terracotta and very similar in design and construction to the terracotta tombs > LinkExternal link in St John's church in Oxborough. The baptismal font > LinkExternal link is of a typical East Anglian style and dates from around 1440, its tall cover is modern. Only one of the windows contains stained glass > LinkExternal link. The abbey houses a large collection of memorials > LinkExternal link - LinkExternal link - LinkExternal link - dating from the 17th century to the present day.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 2 February, 2008   (more nearby)
Saturday, 2 February, 2008
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OSGB36: geotagged! TG 106 014 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:34.2137N 1:6.4529E
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