Back on the bike – more historic churches

Last Friday I decided it was about time I stopped using my ‘falling off a ladder incident’ of a couple of months ago as an excuse for not getting on my bike and doing a few more of Norfolk’s historic churches! The weather was set to be warm, possibly in the high twenties, and there was a moderate easterly wind. I chose an inland route, hopefully to provide more shelter, and modified the itinerary to finish the ride close to a station on the lovely Bittern Line, which would take me back to Cromer, leaving only a short ride home. It was great to be back in the saddle, visiting some hidden ecclesiastical gems and exploring more of the counties byways. I was slightly disappointed to find a number of the churches locked, I don’t know if this is because of a different Deanery ‘policy’ or not, but it was in marked contrast to my last couple of trips in the Holt deanery, when all of the churches were unlocked. I also missed my old cycling companion and brother Bry, who has been with me on most of the previous excursions, but who is currently laid up following a hip replacement – I hope it’s not too long before we can be pedaling the lanes of Norfolk together again! Jane joined me for a pleasant lunch at the locally renowned, Recruiting Sergeant, at Horstead.

The Route: including the return ride from Cromer station, close on 70k

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The Churches:

St Batholomew  Hanworth,  St Andrew Gunton, St Botolph Banningham, St Peter & St Paul Tuttington, St Mary Burgh next Aylsham, St Michael Oxnead, St Peter Brampton, St Andrew Buxton, St Margaret Stratton Strawless, All Saints Hainford old church, All Saints Horstead, St John the Baptist Coltishall, St Andrew Lamas, All Saints Scottow, All Saints Skeyton, St Michael Swanton Abbott, St Botolph Westwick, St Batholomew Sloley, St Mary Worstead.

As on previous occasions, for more detail of the churches, do visit the excellent Churches of Norfolk website.

The photos:

St Batholomew, Hanworth

St Batholomew Hanworth

Interesting architectural drawing of St Batholomews

St Batholomew Hanworth 2

St Andrew’s, in the grounds of Gunton Park, designed by the great Robert Adam – thought to be his only Norfolk church

St Andrew Gunton

St Botolph, Banningham

St Botolph Banningham

Medieval wall painting, depicting St George and the dragon – predates the installation of the clerestory windows

St Botolph Banningham

St Peter and St Paul, Tuttington – the only round tower of the day

St Peter & St Paul Tuttington

Burgh next Aylsham – St Mary’s, on the banks of the river Bure

St Mary Burgh next Aylsham

The restored church of St Michael,  Oxnead

St Michael Oxnead

St Peter Brampton

St Peter Brampton

St Margaret Stratton Strawless

St Margaret Stratton Strawless

… and this one makes 20!

St Margaret Stratton Strawless (2)

St Andrew Lamas, another church on the banks of the Bure

St Andrew Lamas

Detail of the organ,  All Saints Scottow

All Saints Scottow

Detail of the unusual exterior stone work, depicting the ‘Sacred heart and Crown of thorns’ – St Botolph, Westwick

St Botoloph Westwick

St Bartholomew Sloley

St Bartholomew Sloley

The magnificent church of St Mary Worstead

St Mary Worstead

Details of the painted rood screen

St Mary Worstead 2

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