Historic Churches of Norfolk – Route 8

On Thursday I was back on the bike doing some more historic churches of Norfolk, a county that boasts some 900 – which I’m currently attempting to cycle to and photograph! I based my route on a loop of approximately 50 miles to the south and west of the lovely Georgian market town of Aylsham. I also took the opportunity to visit a couple of churches I’d missed on previous rides.

The Route


The Churches

St Andrew Felmingham, St Lawrence Ingworth, St Michael the Archangel Aylsham, All Saints Marsham, St Boltoph Hevingham, (All Saints Hainford), St Swithin Frettenham, St Peter Crostwick, All Saints Rackheath, St Peter Spixworth, St Mary & St Andrew Horsham St Faith, All Saints Horsford, St Margaret Drayton, St Margaret Felthorpe, St Andrew Attlebridge, St Margaret Swannington, St John the Baptist Alderford, St Faith Little Witchingham, St Mary Great Witchingham, St Mary Reepham with  St Michael Whitwell, St Michael the Archangel Booton, St Agnes Cawston, St Nicholas Brandiston, St Peter Haveringland and St Andrew Blickling

The photos

St Andrew, Felmingham – first of two ‘catch-up’ churches


The exquisite little church of St Lawrence, Ingworth


Interior of St Lawrence


St Michael the Archangel, Aylsham – start of the day’s circular route


All Saints, Marsham – tucked back from the busy A140. Another splendid church with many interesting features – described by Simon Knott, in Norfolk Churches, as ‘outstanding’


The elaborate roof structure of All Saints


Window detail


St Boltoph, Hevingham


All Saints (new church), Hainford – I previously did Hainford old church on Route 5


St Swithin, Frettenham


St Peter, Crostwick

St Peter Crostwick

All Saints, Rackheath

All Saints Rackheath

Interior of All Saints


St Peter, Spixworth, with it’s very odd ‘off-centre’ tower

St Peter Spixworth

St Mary & St Andrew, Horsham St Faith

St Mary & St Andrew Horsham St Faith

All Saints, Horsford

All Saints Horsford

Detail of early stained glass window


St Margaret, Drayton

St Margaret Drayton

stairway to heaven..


St Margaret, Felthorpe



St Andrew Attlebridge

St Andrew, Attlebridge



St Margaret, Swannington

St Margaret Swannington

St John the Baptist, Alderford


St Faith, Little Witchingham

St Faith Little Witchingham

Details of mediaeval wall paintings – taken from outside, through the window!

St Faith Little Witchingham 2

The Assumption (St Mary), Great Witchingham – undergoing major repair


Detail of the intricate stone and flint exterior


St Michael, Whitwell with the adjoining St Mary Reepham


St Michael and All Angels, Booton


with Gothick interior


St Agnes, Cawston


Interior, with painted rood screen and elaborate roof timbers

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St Nicholas, Brandiston


The organ, St Nicholas


St Peter, Haveringland – approached along a former WWII airfield perimeter track


Last church of the day, St Andrew, Blickling

St Andrew Blickling


In all I cycled over 90k,  visited 25 historic churches, one Victorian ‘new’ church and a ruin – not a bad day!

One comment on “Historic Churches of Norfolk – Route 8

  1. norfolkpilgrim says:

    Thanks for these Trevor

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