St Andrew’s Round Tower Church, Little Snoring, Norfolk (18)

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If there is one round tower church you should see, its this one, for the exterior and location of the church, if nothing else.  Set on rising ground and separated from the village by a small steam, you feel, as you walk up the path to the door, which was open, that you are going back in time.  But not all the way back, as the church you are looking at is not the original building that was attached to the tower, this is another church.  The tower is built of flint, as this was the only stone available locally, hence no corner stones. so the tower was built round, and is most likely Saxon.  The unusual conical tiled roof probably dates from the 1800’s.   It is still a mystery as to why the present church was not built on to the tower, but to one side.  The church is Norman, 12th century Early English, and the south porch is 13th century.  The windows in the church, range from c1100 to 1603.

There was originally a small Saxon church attached to the tower, and in 1100 a new church was built.  The reasons could have been the church was too small for the population, possibly destroyed by fire or they wanted a nice new Norman church, that didn’t slope towards the stream.  Luckily for us the round tower was spared, and in 1250 they added to the chancel.  In 1769 the chancel was tiled, and the rest of the roof was covered with lead.  A very interesting church to visit in a wonderfully named village.  Little Snoring derives from a nickname for a Saxon Invader, after the Romans had withdrawn, and dates from around c450 A. D.

5 Replies to “St Andrew’s Round Tower Church, Little Snoring, Norfolk (18)”

  1. Great pictures. I especially like the one with the wooden gate in the foreground. That’s a nice touch. There are a couple of strange little faces in there, both above a doorway. Are they significant of anything? Or do they just remind folks that there being watched? 🙂

    1. Thank you Pat, the head over the door to the tower could be a priest head and the other one is mostly likely as you say, that the population is being watched, so you better come to church. But who knows what went on in a Saxon and Norman mind, not the same us ours nowadays 🙂

  2. Beautiful, Lynne, and fascinating too! Is this the tower with the unwelcoming gap? I have a feeling it might be. I love that doorway!! 🙂 Fantastic photos. I like the simplicity of the interior as well – gives a real sense of the atmosphere.

    1. Thank you Jo, and yes it is….. but the church itself is lovely and the location is wonderful, with all these round tower church, they each have something special. Only about another 150 to go LOL 🙂

  3. The weather was freezing when we visited, but it should get better. The church was just as cold inside as out. There was even a second hand bookstall inside! It has everything!

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