Historic Churches of Norfolk – route 9

Taking advantage of the recent unseasonably warm weather, spent the weekend catching up on a few more historic churches. On Saturday brother Bryan – veteran of the memorable ‘Four Countries End to End’ ride in 2012 and I did a nice circular route, starting and finishing at Morston. We cycled just over 60 km and took in 22 parish churches plus a host of other ‘religious establishments’ which cluster around the Walsinghams.

The Route


The Churches

All Saints Morston, St Andrew & St Mary Langham, St Margaret Saxlingham, St Andrew Field Dalling, All Saints Bale, St Martin Hindringham, St Andrew Thursford, All Saints Kettlestone, St Andrew Little Snoring, St Mary Great Snoring, All Saints East Barsham, Assumption West Barsham, All Saints North Barsham, St Giles Houghton St Giles, St Mary Little Walsingham, St Peter Great Walsingham, All Saints Wighton, All Saints & St Mary Magdalene Warham, St Mary Binham, All Saints Cockthorpe and St John the Baptist Stiffkey. In addition we visited the ‘Slipper Chapel’ & Chapel of the Holy Spirit Houghton St Giles, the old Friary, Anglican Shrine, Chapel of the Annunciation, Holy Souls, St Seraphim (orthodox) Little Walsingham and Holy Annunciation (orthodox) Great Walsingham – quite a day!

The Photos

All Saints, Morston – early morning


St Andrew & St Mary, Langham


St Margaret, Saxlingham

Saxlingham St Margaret

St Andrew, Field Dalling

Field Dalling St Andrew

Interior window detail


All Saints, Bale

Bale All Saints

St Martin, Hindringham

Bale All Saints 2

Interior, showing the off-set ‘weeping’ chancel


Window detail

Hindringham St Martin

All Saints, Thursford – more an estate than parish church, with Victorian ‘gothic’ much in evidence


All Saints, Kettlestone (Ketestuna in the Doomsday book) – with a fine octagonal tower

Kettlestone All Saints

An interesting plaque

Kettlestone All Saints 2

St Andrew, Little Snoring – with unusual detached round tower with tiled roof

Little Snoring St Andrew

Royal Arms of James II

Little Snoring St Andrew 2

St Mary, Great Snoring

Great Snoring St Mary

Inside – detail of the ornate but slightly dilapidated sedilia


Lovely stained glass


A cluster of three small churches in the Barshams

St Giles, Houghton St Giles

Houghton St Giles St Giles

Superb 15th century rood screen


St Mary, Little Walsham – almost completely rebuilt after a devastating fire in 1961

Little Walsingham St Mary

The light & airy interior


St Peter, Great Walsingham

Great Walsingham St Peter

The lovely interior with a feast of 15th century pews – complete with tracery, poppy heads and carved figures

DSC09502 Great Walsingham St Peter 2

and some interesting stained glass


All Saints, Wighton – the tower collapsed in a winter storm in 1965 and was rebuilt with the help of a Canadian benefactor

Wighton All Saints

Another light, bright interior with an unusual high-level east window


Detail of a Victorian stained glass window – one in a series depicting various saints


The two parish churches of Warham – All Saints and St Mary Magdalene, just half a mile apart

Warham All Saints Warham St Magdalene

More exquisite medieval glass

DSC09547 Warham St Magdalene 2

The priory church of St Mary, Binham

Binham St Mary

All Saints, Cockthorpe – unfortunately undergoing major repairs and covered, in parts, with scaffolding


Last church of a long but fascinating day in the company of some fine historic architecture – oh and my brother of course!

St John the Baptist, Stiffkey

Stiffkey St John the Baptist

Details of the rood screen

Morston All Saints

Last word, on our final church, must go to Simon Knott whose commentary on Stiffkey contains the following:

‘Stiffkey is most famous, of course, for Harold Davidson, the Rector of Stiffkey from 1906 to 1932, who was defrocked by the Bishop of Norwich on account of the rather glamorous low-life company he kept. Nicknamed ‘Little Jimmy’ as he was only five feet tall, he became a national celebrity. He moved on from wandering in ‘a confused state’ around the back streets of Soho, and exhibited himself in a barrel in Blackpool, before an ill-judged career move into lion-taming resulted in him having his head bitten off. In Skegness, of all places’. 

2 comments on “Historic Churches of Norfolk – route 9

  1. norfolkpilgrim says:

    Reblogged this on East Anglian Pilgrimage Network and commented:
    Another classic route from Trevor

  2. ahana majumder says:

    wow..I was wondering if Goan old churches deserve an wonderful mapped tour like this..Certainly a must do plan for my future..

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