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Saturday, 19 September 2015

Great Ellingham, Norfolk

St James is a lovely, unspoilt, rural church with little Victorian "restoration" to spoil it. The church dates from the 14th century and the walls have many remnants of medieval wall art. The beauty is partly because the walls have not been painted to allow this art to be seen.  Like many churches, the Cromwellian's did their level best to ruin it back in the 1600s.  Pews went over 100 years ago.
Today there are only about 16 in the congregation and they struggle to maintain this little jewel. Like many churches in East Anglia, indeed the whole country, congregations have fallen.
Apparently there is very old graffiti on the lead roof.  One of the niches was rediscovered  in recent times.

Above the nave can be seen exposed buttocks - a joke left by a mason very many centuries ago!
We ate at nearby Hingham which is a fine Norfolk town (village?) with impressive Georgian houses. The Lincoln Tea Shopee (opposite the church and right next to the green) was excellent, with good food and service.

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