TG2010 : St Mary's church - churchyard

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

St Mary's church - churchyard
St Mary's church - churchyard
The northern section of the churchyard surrounding St Mary's; the new cemetery adjoins in the northwest.

A 'church without land' is recorded in the Domesday book and it is believed that the old church or chapel that stood on this site marks the spot where King Edmund was interred and martyred in 869. St Mary's church > Link - Link - Link has a lead-covered bell-turret with a spire; the small church is somewhat dwarved by the large, two-storeyed porch which has an upstairs room; nave and chancel walls are Saxon and the north aisle dates from the 14th century, as does the octagonal font > Link. The lattice screen at the east end of the north aisle is modern > Link - Link. A chantry chapel, which was added later and now houses the church organ, is separated from the chancel by an unusual stone screen. There is a low side window in the south chancel wall > Link with the original shutter hinges still in place. The double piscina has a stone credence shelf in one half > Link. Other survivals are two old brasses, one to a rector, Richard de Thaseburgh (1389), mounted on the north wall > Link. The church was extensively restored during the 19th century when it also received a new roof and the current floor tiles. The east window > Link is by A.L. Wilkinson (1942). The church is kept locked.

Planning permission has just been received for a proposed extension to the church, which will see the addition of toilets, a kitchen, a meeting room and storage space. The funds were raised by the Friends of St Mary’s Church, a registered charity actively engaged in raising funds for the maintenance and enhancement of the church fabric.

Hellesdon is a large suburb of Norwich. Signs of very early settlement, such as a variety of flint tools (believed to be at least 4,000 years old) have been unearthed in the area. Bronze axe heads were found near Hellesdon Hall and a skeleton dating from around 600 CE was discovered in Low Road. It is not clear where the old name for Hellesdon - Hailesduna - originates from. It is believed that Edmund, the King of the East Angles, may have been martyred here. In 985, Abbo of Fleury, who at Ramsey Abbey (Cambridgeshire) compiled the 'Life of St Edmund', writes that he heard the Archbishop relate a story that came from a young man who had heard it from a very old man who claimed to have been King Edmund's armour bearer at the time of his death. On his capture, Edmund was whipped and tied to a tree, and shot with arrows. He was then beheaded and his head thrown into a bramble thicket in Hegelisdun Wood - hence the association with Hailesduna, present-day Hellesdon. The King's head was later found, guarded by a wolf, and according to the story the body was buried in a small chapel built nearby for the purpose. The site of the chapel is believed to be the site where St Mary's church stands. The church and the dead body of King Edmund, guarded by a wolf, are depicted on the village sign > Link.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 18 June, 2008   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 19 June, 2008
Category
Cemetery > Cemetery   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TG 200 106 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:38.9457N 1:15.1016E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TG 201 106
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WEST (about 270 degrees)
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