Time out from the allotment

Having recently acquired an allotment and with the weather definitely spring-like, we (brother Bryan and I) spent most of last week constructing a poly tunnel. However, with the sun continuing to shine and only a moderate north westerly wind, on Friday we decided to catch up on a few historic Norfolk churches. With only two old mountain bikes available to us, albeit that one is a classic Muddy Fox Courier Comp which Bry had the privilege to ride and given that I hadn’t been on a bike since Christmas (shame on me!) we opted for a rather modest 45k/ 10 church itinerary, details below:

The Route

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The Churches

All Saints Weybourne, St Mary Kelling, St Nicholas Salthouse, St Margaret Cley, St Nicholas Blakeney, St Mary Wiverton, St Martin Glandford, St Andrew Leatheringsett, St Andrew Holt, All Saints High Kelling

The Pictures

First church of the day, All Saints Weybourne, with the remains of the Augustinian priory in the foreground

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St Nicholas Salthouse

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Detail of the roof and clerestory

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Part of the painted screen

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View of St Margaret, Cley, from the Wiverton side of the former Glaven estuary

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Interior of St Margaret’s, showing the cathedral-like proportions

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Detail of the St Francis stained glass window, depicting a number of interesting bird species, including Bluethroat

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A more recent addition, the Richard Millington depiction of the 2008 White-crowned Sparrow, in the west window

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View over Cley and the distant bird reserve, from the tower of St Nicholas Blakeney. The tower is open each Friday, 2.00 – 4.00. Highly recommended!

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St Mary, Wiverton, with St Margaret, Cley in the distance

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Detail of a medieval window discovered during renovations

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The interior of St Martin, Glandford

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The only round tower of the trip – St Andrew, Letheringsett

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The last and least ‘grand’ of the days churches, All Saints, High Kelling

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Post Script

The aforementioned poly tunnel – impressive eh!!

 

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