Norfolk

Lynn Lumière – Kings Lynn, Norfolk

We have arrived in Landsberg am Lech in Bavaria, Southern Germany, and it is even hotter than home, the UK, so looking forward to some nice warm site seeing trips over the next few days.  I wasn’t going to post, as the hotel we stay in, their internet is not that good, but it would seem they have updated their system, so I can post 🙂  I have a few photos on my photo library that I want to use up, Iceland will have to wait until we get home, too much to sort out regarding the photos, and I am on holiday….  

The above photos are of Kings Lynn Lumière on the ancient custom house, they are on other iconic buildings in the town, but I only have the custom house at the moment, which is called ‘Night Sailors’.  The Lumière was to continue only until 2017, but it is such a success they have continue on some of the buildings.

From Kings Lynn website……..The immensely popular projections have been shown every evening since March 2015 as part of the Interreg IV funded cross-Channel Art, Cities & Landscape project between the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk and the Maison de la Culture d’Amiens.

Kings Lynn, Norfolk, 2018

St Margaret’s Church, Cley next the Sea, Norfolk

Last weekend we were on the South Coast, blue skies and a little warmth in the air, and then the Beast from the East came, and now Emma from the South.  We have been lucky in the little bit of the Fens we live in, and although it has been below freezing most of the time, only a little snow…..until tonight.  It has come with a vengeance, now I know what the rest of the country has been going through.  We lost our electric at the start of the week when a big power cable came down, so one night powerless and then for three nights we lost the internet……not good, even now it’s very slow. 

Anyway I have found some blue sky, we visited this wonderful church last summer 2017.  I had trouble with my camera, the battery was misbehaving and I only managed a few photos, so a revisit this summer is a must.  St Margaret’s Church at Cley next the Sea, sits above the village green and the church dates to the early 14th century, with the addition of a late 14th century porch.  There was an earlier church on the site, but around 1320 that church was rebuilt.  While the body of the church is intact, the north and south transepts are ruined, and open to the sky.  So really this is just a reminded for me to return and photograph the 24 late Medieval bench ends and more of the wonderful 15th century Perpendicular font.

 

St John The Baptist Round Tower Church, Aylmerton, Norfolk – 24

Time for another Round Tower Church, St John The Baptist, Aylmerton in Norfolk.  The church was one of nine that we visited back in January 2017.  We were very lucky, the weather was beautiful and to top it all, every one of the churches were open.  

Nothing remains of the earliest Church, which was Saxon, but the Church appears to have been rebuilt in flint before the end of the Norman period.  To the new nave, in about 1200, the round west tower was added. That it was lower than now is shown by one of its belfry windows, which partly survives below the nave roof.  Reconstruction of the upper part of the tower in 1912 has obliterated all traces of the other windows.  The Church was restored in 1865, and again in 1876, and in 1912 the upper part of the tower was rebuilt to the old design, re- using the old stone and flint.

 

 

 

Holy Trinity Church, Marham, Norfolk

Another church that I would like to re-visit is Holy Trinity in Marham, Norfolk.  The door was locked in 2016, there were some phone numbers on the church notice board, but being a Sunday, I was loath to disturb anyone.  I just took a few photos of the exterior and the beautiful display of snowdrops.

Having read about this parish church, which is C12, and late C14, restored 1844, 1867 and 1875 and built of flint with ashlar dressings with slate roofs and the best part…….inside a very interesting memorial.  So another one to go on the list to visit when the weather is more clement. 

 

 

All Saints Church, Burnham Sutton-cum-Ulph, Norfolk

I keep meaning to visit this little church, which I photographed on a drive by in 2016, but its on the list now.  Why……In the late 18th century the rector of Ulph was Edmund Nelson, father of Admiral Horatio Nelson. Revd. Nelson.  One of my great grandfathers, many times removed, served on HMS Victory, not sure if he was on aboard at the same time as Nelson, but you never know, so therefore I am interested in all that is Nelson.  

All Saints was probably the first church to be built in the Burnham area and was probably begun in the late Saxon period. The oldest parts of the present building date to around 1190, which makes me want to visit even more, as I have read there are some Early Norman chancel arch capitals to see.  So roll on some nice weather.

 

All Saints Round Tower Church, Horsey, Norfolk (23)

 

Last year 2016, in January we visited several round tower churches on one day.  I have only post three of the churches, and as the weather here, on the east coast of the UK is not very nice, I have a nice little cache of churches to use up.  All Saints Church in Horsey, Norfolk, had been on my wish list for ages.  The church is tucked away down a leafy lane and we always seem to forget to visit, but it was on the list for this trip out.  Luckily the sun was shining and thank goodness the door was open.  The light poured in through the windows, and I had a lovely time capturing the age of this beautiful church.

There are thoughts that the lower part of the round tower is Saxon, others say Norman, or even 13th century, I’m not sure, it would be nice to think it was Saxon.  The main thatched roofed church is a single celled 13th century building and a tall octagonal bell tower was added on the eve of the Reformation.  The church was updated in the late 13th century and remodelled in the 15th and early 16th centuries.  Although altered, it still retains a wonderful ancient feel.  

Horsey is now in the Broads, but it was not easy being the vicar of Horsey parish before the fens were drained.  A clue to what the area used to look like comes from the name Horsey, which translates from Old English as ‘Horse Island’. The ‘island’ in this case was a slightly raised area of land surrounded by marshy fenland. Until the early 18th century this was a desolate area, and a dangerous place to travel.

The south porch is another later addition to the Saxon structure, also added in the 15th century. The south doorway is 14th century, and just inside the door is a 14th century coffin lid set into the floor. The font is 15th century, and the parish chest is 18th century. In the south sanctuary wall is a 15th century piscina. Beside it is a sedilia, or clergy seat, of the same age, formed by lowering the window sill.

 

 

 

 

A Train Ride to The Seaside at Sheringham, Norfolk

 

 

Back in the summer, 2017, we had relatives to stay, and we took them to travel on the steam train from just outside of Holt to Sheringham on the North Norfolk Coast.  When we reach Sheringham, we explored the lovely little seaside resort with them.  This is just to remind me that we do have nice weather, but today we had snow, which later turned into icy rain, not sure which I dislike the most…..the rain I think.  The first photo I took when we reached the beach, was this lovely family enjoying an old fashion day at the seaside.  

The first photos are of the train at different stops on the way and the rest are Sheringham in the sunshine.