Norfolk has two parishes called Witton, and rather confusingly they both have churches dedicated to St Margaret. The church is remote from the villages of Witton and larger Great Plumstead. There must be far fewer than that today, despite our proximity to Norwich. The friendly keyholders are a fair way off, but this a church it is worth getting the key to see, because it is full of interest, and most of it of an unconventional kind.
Beside it is the sober memorial to John Penrice ofstill entirely Georgian in style and depicting him in profile. The effect is similar to that at Thurton, a few miles off on the other side of the river.
At the time of the Census of Religious Worship, Edward Frere, who was the curate in charge of plusmtead Witton's entry, recorded that the name given to it is not known, so presumably the dedication here was a fruit of the ecclesiological revival later in the century. The first surprise is a small figure brass set on the threshold.
The little church is unusual of aspect, for the tower was reduced and topped off with a little octagonal turret in the 17th century. Little Plumstead Hospital fire 'a suspected arson attack' Published 16 August image copyrightMike image captionMore than 50 firefighters worked to put out the blaze at the former Little Plumstead Hospital on Sunday A fire at a former mental health hospital is being treated as suspected arson.
Never have I seen so many candles in such a small church as there are at St Margaret!
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From the outside it Horicon WI housewives personals, of course, obvious that this is not a large church, but stepping inside is to enter a jewel-like space that is entirely in proportion. The church has another tiny brass inscription set in the south-west corner of the nave. She stands wearing the robes of a Vowess, and this is one of only four such brasses in the whole of the British Isles.
It seems to grow out of the west end of the nave.
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Follow these journeys as they happen at Last Of England Twitter. It is odd to think that just eight years separate it from William Warrington's window, a mark of the cultural revolution in church Beautiful couples looking adult dating Rock Hill in the middle years of that century. The 19th Century restoration here was under the careful eye of Richard Phipson, and was deed as a setting for High Anglican worship.
It remembers Dame Juliana Anyell, and probably dates from the first decade of the 16th Century. It had been Little Plumstead Hospital but had been derelict since the s. Frere recorded that the average attendance at service was 55, which may have been an exaggeration it often was but even so it suggests a high level of attendance, for the population of the parish was barely at this time when rural Norfolk parishes were reaching their population peak.
It was one of those beautiful days in Holy Weekand all the birds of the county were making their pleasure known. These dramatic aerial images reveal the extent of the damage to the 19th Century building, which is now being demolished.
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Police said they believed the fire was started deliberately. It is one of those churches which I most love coming across - no one seems to know about it, it has a sense of its place in the long history of its parish, and it captures a moment in liturgical tradition with such quality that it stands as a living example while still being Lve fitting worship space for today.
It was a joy to be out in rural Norfolk again. There's a converted barn for company, and a couple of farms on the long, lonely ro leading out to it, but that's all.
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But the best glass is on the greatt side of the nave, a joyful depiction of the Presentation in the Temple and the Annunciation by William Warrington ofand it is hard to think of a happier window of that decade anywhere in Norfolk. To the south of the church is the rather singular early 19th century memorial to Mary Taylor, looking like nothing so much as an enormous stone biscuit barrel.
This one is sometimes referred to as 'Witton-by-Norwich', but the name is surreal, for it is hard to imagine that we are barely Hill-city-SD fuck my wife miles from the centre of that Lovw city. The inscription tells us that Juliana was a widow and a Vowess, which is to say she was a member of a religious order of widows who had vowed greah to remarry.