St Mary, Cranwich, Norfolk - 26th September 2005

This little church is very special indeed.  It is set back from the road amongst trees and has a strange, rather melancholy atmosphere.  The tower is very ancient structure, dating from Saxon times and sporting strange sound holes, with unusual tracery.  The tower had crenulations and gargoyles added perhaps two hundred years later.

St Mary, Cranwich, Norfolk - 26th September 2005 - MTC

The nave is Norman, the chancel slightly later.  Inside it is damp, so damp that the base of the font and even the walls are going green in places.  The clear glass, making the trees feel as if they are pressing about the building, give this place a magical quality.

St Mary, Cranwich, Norfolk - 26th September 2005 - MTCSt Mary, Cranwich, Norfolk - 26th September 2005 - MTC

According to the short description in the church, the roof timbers are medieval - a fact revealed when the roof was re-thatched in modern times.

The font dates from about 1300.  The Victorian harmonium boasts its pedals are mouse proof!

St Mary, Cranwich, Norfolk - 26th September 2005 - MTCSt Mary, Cranwich, Norfolk - 26th September 2005 - MTC

The piscina is original, like the majority of the chancel, dating from about 1300.  The pilaster on the north wall is a surviving vestige of the chancel arch.

St Mary, Cranwich, Norfolk - 26th September 2005 - MTC

Apart from a small single light window immediately east of the porch (which is perhaps a hundred years earlier), the windows in the nave are perpendicular, dating from between 1350 and 1400.

Here is a view of the north side, which seemed very damp and shady.  Indeed, it seems as if the thatch is being very slowly replaced by moss!

St Mary, Cranwich, Norfolk - 26th September 2005 - MTC

Here is a final view of this delectable building, looking west towards the tower and porch.

St Mary, Cranwich, Norfolk - 26th September 2005 - MTC

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