On Bank Holiday Monday, we started our mammoth Round Tower Church crawl at Acle, a town between Norwich and Great Yarmouth in Norfolk. This was the first of eight churches, and every single one of them was open, which in itself, was a special treat, after finding so many churches closed last year.
The Parish Church of St Edmund stands high on a corner when entering the town, and this is where it has sat since the 12th century. Then it would have comprised of a Norman nave, which would have been lower and narrow than the present one, with a round tower. The octagonal section was added to the tower in the 13th century. The 14th century saw a fine chancel added in the first half of that century and later the Norman nave was demolished and the present wider and higher nave was constructed. On to the 15th century and a single storey porch was built, later this was heightened, battlements were also added to the tower.
On entering through the large door, the light streams through the windows and the first thing you see is the elevated ancient font. An inscription around the plinth which dates it to 1412. I have added the church leaflet which gives you detailed information on the font. I just thought it looked beautiful in the sunlight, which the Christmas flowers still decorating the plinth.
Dominating the front of the nave is the 15th century screen, the original colour and decoration was covered over, possibly during the Reformation, it was recovered after the screen was removed for restoration in 1912.
This lovely church was a good one to start the day, and then we were off to the next one………to follow soon.