This is the last post concerning St Mary’s Church, Sedgeford in Norfolk and for a village church it had a lot to share and it scores brownie points with me because it opens everyday.
Churches with round towers were built from Saxon times, but for St Mary’s most opinions now favour a later date around the 1200’s. The walls of the church consist of random flint and mortar, with a sparing use of Barnack stone for the windows and door ways. The quarries where the stone came from, near Stamford, was unobtainable after the 15th century, when they were worked out. That is quite a distance for the stone to travel, it could have come by boat.
I like the way the roof wraps around the tower, but although it looks like only the top half of tower is round, the whole tower is round down to the foundations.
This is the porch that has the little open window. There are several different windows that help with the different building phases, ranging roughly from 1175 through to 1540.
Returning inside the church for short time, there are several wall paintings, unfortunately these do not photograph that well, except for the ones at the end of the chancel. Theses were only painted in the second half of the 19th century by the Rev. Ambrose Ogle, Rector from 1857 to 1900. There are traces over the Nave Arches and a very faded St Christopher which are 13th century. The small stained glass panel is most likely someones coat of arms but there is no mention of whose. There are also some fine stone carved corbels in the aisle roofs.
Returning to the churchyard and by the gate there is a very sad memorial to the typhus epidemic of 1852, when in a 5 month period there were 20 deaths out of a 150 villagers.
The churchyard is very attractive and well maintained, with some very lovely gravestones.
I now just want to thank St Mary’s for a wonderful visit.