St Mary’s Church in the village of Rougham in Norfolk, a little of the beaten track, but it was open and what a little gem it turned out to be. It was just before Christmas 2016 and therefore looks Christmassy, I forgot to post it last year.
Making your way through an attachve Lynch gate and walking up a grassy path, you reach a grade 1 listed medieval church. Looking above the door in the next photo, you will see a rood group in an ornate niche above the west door. It probably dates from the early part of the 14th century, and the astonishing thing about it is that the figure of Mary survives at the foot of the cross. The figure of St John has been completely erased.
This is an interesting church as it dates mostly for the 14th-16th centuries, but also has some early Norman carving and Roman bricks, maybe from an earlier church. There was an original north aisle which was was lost in the late 17th century, and was replaced in 1913 on the eve of the First World War by Sir Charles Nicholson at the cost of £13,000, well over a million in today’s money.
I found some old photos on the wall that were taken in 1913 of the restoration of the north aisle Theses photos are fascinating, as they record work carried out on the building, you rarely get to see photographed documented evidence.
A few nice pew ends, not medieval, but none the less pleasant to look at.