We were not actually looking for churches on the day we found St Mary’s Church in Kelling, on the North Norfolk coast, July 2018. It was late in the afternoon, I think we have been visiting garden centres looking for some plants, when we drove past a sign for a church. I thought I had all the churches in this area, so we stopped, I was a bit worried the light was a little too dark, but I would have a look anyway. I am so glad I did, as there was still some light coming through the large windows.
St Mary’s church is 12th century and is constructed from Flint with brick and stone dressing with a lead roof. The west tower, north porch and chapel, and nave are Perpendicular, the chancel was completely renewed in 1960–61, but retains one lancet.
The real treasure of St Marys is the Easter Sepulchre, 14th century and the lower portion was for many years hidden by the raised Victorian floor, but with the help of a Millennium project in the area, the floor was lowered and now you can see it, in all its glory.
There is also three panels of medieval glass, but I’m not sure that they are original to the church, but there is a lovely window of St Francis of Assisi feeding the birds, designed and made by Harry Mileham in 1938, which is.
The font dates to around 1500 and is inscribed with the names of the donors William and Beatrice Kelling.