St Mary's church, Great Witchingham :: Shared Description


Grade I listed

There has been a church present on the site from the end of the 11th century or earlier.
The church dates from the 14th and 15th century and consists of a west tower, south porch, nave with north and south aisles, small south transept, and chancel.
The 14th century tower has a blocked west doorway and embattled parapet. Like the rest of the church it is built in flint with stone facings. There are two bells. The tower also contains a room which was probably the chamber of a Chantry priest which contains a fireplace and a latrine.

The chancel is earlier than the rest of the church, dating from the late 13th century. There are several monuments to members of the Le Neve family. There was originally a rood screen which was removed in 1561. Above the chancel arch there is a small window.

There is a clerestory with eight, three-light windows, the westernmost of these is blocked. Between the windows there is a fine brick and flint patterning.

The nave is of four bays with octagonal piers, the inside has been whitewashed.
There is an arch-braced roof with carved Angels in the nave, and plain roofs elsewhere.
At the back of the nave there are several benches with poppy heads and traceried backs.

The south porch has decorative friezes of flint and the spandrels over the door have an Annunciation scene. The niche above the entrance would have once contained a statue of Our Lady.

One of the more interesting features of the church is the octagonal Seven Sacrament Font, probably from the late 15th century. Unusually, some of the original colour is still present. The eighth panel shows The Assumption of the Virgin. Below the bowl are Angels holding scrolls bearing the names of the Four Evangelists and Four Latin Doctors of the Church.
There is a small single manual organ.
The windows are all clear glass.
by Julian P Guffogg
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TG1020 : Carved bench end, St Mary's church, Great Witchingham by J.Hannan-Briggs
TG1020 : St Mary's church, Great Witchingham by Julian P Guffogg
TG1020 : Memorial to George & Alice Meares, St Mary's church, Great Witchingham by Julian P Guffogg
TG1020 : Font detail, St Mary's church, Great Witchingham by Julian P Guffogg
TG1020 : Font, St Mary's church, Great Witchingham by Julian P Guffogg
TG1020 : Font detail, St Mary's church, Great Witchingham by Julian P Guffogg
TG1020 : Interior, St Mary's church, Great Witchingham by Julian P Guffogg


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Created: Wed, 29 Jun 2016, Updated: Wed, 29 Jun 2016

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