The Ruins of All Saints at Hainford, Norfolk

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The first ruined church tower that got me out of the car to button up my coat, gloves on and scarf covering most of my face, was All Saints at Hainford in Norfolk.  Not quite a snowy afternoon, but nearly, when my husband Steve said …look at the trees there’s a tower….knowing I was sat next to him with camera in lap just waiting for something to pop up.  Stop let me out….ah a church tower on its own and a ruin even better…..that was the start. I do need to go back and take a closer look….but it was so cold and just a little bit spooky, as husband would not get out of the car, so really it was point and press and get back in to the warm.  So I have tried some different effects with the photos that I had time to snap…hopefully not too bad



The 15th Century tower is all that is left of All Saints Church set in a churchyard that is still in use today

A little bit of history that I have gathered, which is half the fun……Hainford Parish lies to the north of Norwich.  All Saints was originally of 14th century origin, which applies to most of Norfolk’s churches.  The west tower is flint with limestone dressing and is square, unbuttressed and has an embattled parapet, the south east corner is now missing.  When the new church was built in the centre of Hainford in 1840 at a cost of £1200.00, the old church was unroofed and left to decay, leaving all but the tower as a land mark, but now this has started to crumble. The churchyard or graveyard, still looks to be in use and is very interesting with some older gravestones, so I am looking forward to a return visit when the sun starts shinning as I have seen some very good photos taken with blue sky………

14 Replies to “The Ruins of All Saints at Hainford, Norfolk”

  1. Thanks for following my blog. Having a bit of fun is what this is all about!
    I enjoy learning about the history of your area. It’s interesting how much of life in many places revolves (or revolved) around the church. Many of the churches here have little museums attached, and they are treasure troves of life after the conquest of Mexico by the Spaniards.

    1. I would love to see the little museums. A lot of our villages still revolve around the church, maybe not the larger towns, but as I have been going around photographing them, its lovely to come across a church that is important to the village, with fresh flowers and the smell of polish.

  2. I have traced a many great grandfather William Howard 1689 Hainford Norfolk and James Howard 1778 married age 13 at Horsham St. Faiths. Also some in Long Sutton. Looking for someone in the area interested in family history for advice on tracking some of this down.

    1. Hi Gordon what part of the world are you in and what source did you find the information that you have. I will see it I can help, but you should be able to do most of it on the internet.

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