Yesterday, in an attempt to blow the festive cobwebs away, I decided to notch up a few more Norfolk churches on the bike. Being in Norfolk with the extended family for New Year, I was able to enlist some cycling companionship in the form of my old ‘End2Ender’ buddy, brother Bryan and Joe and Gabi, who joined us on the tandem, for lunch. We did a circular route of about 70k and took in a total of 19 churches – listed below. We departed at 08.30 and were back by three o’clock, with a lunch stop at the very cozy Walpole Arms, in Itteringham. At Upper Sheringham, we met a woman in the church who gave us a really useful and informative leaflet about the churches in the Holt deanery, a number of which we visited.
The churches: St Peter Sheringham, All Saints Upper Sheringham, All Saints Bodham, St Helen & All Saints West Beckham, St Peter North Barningham, St Mary Baconsthorpe, All Saints Hempstead, St Peter & St Paul Edgefield, St Andrew Saxthorpe, St Peter Corpusty, St Peter & St Paul Oulton, St Mary Itteringham, St Andrew Little Barningham, St Andrew Wickmere, St Michael & All Angels Plumstead, St Peter Matlaske, St Mary the Virgin Barningham Winter, St Mary Bessingham and All Saints Gresham.
Upper Sheringham in the early morning sunshine
Monument to the lost USAF crew of B24H ‘Alfred’
The soft ‘suffolk pink’ interior of St Peter North Barningham
The ornate organ
St Mary Baconsthorpe
Window detail, Baconsthorpe church
All Saints, Hempstead
St Peter & St Paul, Edgefield
Painted rood screen, Edgefield
St Andrew Wickmere
Mother and child
St Mary the Virgin, Barningham Winter, with detached derelict tower, in the setting sun
For more detail of all these churches visit the excellent Norfolk Churches website.
Happy New Year to you all and more blogging in 2013.