St Mary's Church, Barton Bendish, Norfolk
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A tiny thatched church with medieval paintings and Norman carving
The church of St Mary's is idyllic and it has a wonderfully still, white simplicity. Rising from a tall-grassed churchyard, it has aged walls, the colour of pale honey, under a mellow thatched roof. This fourteenth-century church has a complicated history: the tower fell in 1710 and the fine west door - described by Pevsner as one of the finest Norman doorways in England - was taken from a neighbouring church, now demolished.
The rustic interior has wonderful pews, one with a date of 1637. Look for the carved communion table from 1633, together with a strange fourteenth-century painting thought to be of St Catherine.
There is one step down into church.
Facilities & Hire
Due to the historic nature of the building there is no heating, running water or toilet facilities. The church is lit with natural lighting.
6 miles east of Downham Market off A122. Follow Historic Church sign on A122 along Fincham Road and further signs in Beachamwell Road through village. Park in field at east end of church.
Nearest railway station: Downham Market (6 miles)
History & Further Information
Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church before you visit? You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walk round guides we have for this church.Norfolk County Guide 2012
This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches we care for in Norfolk. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.
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