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Monday, 24 August 2015

Aylsham, Norfolk

We visited this fine church on our way to Blickling Hall (National Trust) last week. We ate a light lunch in Aylsham at the Old Tearooms (we have now been here 3 times) which is just off the market square. This is a good place to eat. There is free parking about 200m from the market square. The church is off the market square.


When we were at the church they were preparing for a service to commemorate VJ Day and there were exhibitions along the side aisles and lots of union jacks.
John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster became the owner of the Manor of Aylsham in 1372.   The 4th son of King Edward III, he inherited the manor from his grandmother Queen Isobel. He provided money to build the church to replace an older, smaller one.

The Nave has six bays of alternate circular and octagon pillars in the decorated style and dates from around 1380. The Tower is built in the late decorated and early perpendicular style.  By 1450 the north and south transepts and the north and south aisles were added. The chancel dates from the early 1400s. The rood screen dates from the early 1500s with the south porch dating from the late 1400s. The pulpit dates from the early 1600s. The 1700s saw the ring of bells increased to 10. There we several changes in the 19th century including the introduction of the pews there today.
Overall, the church is light and airy. Every time we have been there, we have received a genuinely warm welcome. It is a church we much like.
 
See http://www.aylshamparishchurch.org.uk/ .

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