TF6303 : Round tower at Bexwell

taken 25 years ago, near to Bexwell, Norfolk, Great Britain

Round tower at Bexwell
Round tower at Bexwell
The round tower of St Mary's Church is of roughly-hewn local carstone. Pevsner and Munro Cautley regarded it as Norman, but other scholars including Bill Goode and the anonymous author of the church's own guide book claim it as "typically Saxon". The Normans may have extended it upwards to provide a bell chamber, as indicated by the ten blocked round-headed windows, before this was superseded by the addition of an octagonal belfry in the early 16th century, when money was bequeathed for the "stepyl". There were two bells in the reign of Edward VI (around 1550) but one was sold around 1730 to pay for church repairs; the one remaining bell was cast in King's Lynn and bears the inscription "Magister Johannes Riston me fecit". Master John may have hailed from Ryston, the parish adjoining Bexwell to the south.

The tower is 52ft (16m) high with an internal diameter of 11ft (3m). For more on the church see LinkExternal link
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Wednesday, 17 May, 1995   (more nearby)
Saturday, 5 July, 2008
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OSGB36: geotagged! TF 630 034 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:36.2347N 0:24.3948E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TF 630 034
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NORTH (about 0 degrees)
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