All Saints, South Pickenham

This church is kept locked but keyholder details are available in the porch.
Grade I

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This church building is managed by Norwich Diocesan Churches Trust.

This charming church is perched up above the road in a pretty village, and comprises a mixture of styles from Early English to Perpendicular. The sturdy Norman round tower has a later octagonal top. One of the buttresses on the north side of the church looks unusual, because it is in fact a chimney. Next to it is a Tudor priest's door. The whole roof was blown off in a storm in 1604 and the walls subsequently heightened. The 17th century pulpit came from a manor house in Hereford and was moved to the church in 1973. Another addition to the church, and its crowning glory, is an 1857 organ designed by Sir John Sutton to fit with Augustus Pugin's scheme for West Tofts, St Mary. It came to South Pickenham when West Tofts was requisitioned by the army during World War Two for a training ground. This organ is a great historic significance as a rare example of the thorough application of the principles of gothic revival to organ building. A new home is being found for it. Also of note is a wall painting depicting St Christopher. On either side of the nave are corbel heads which would have supported the roof loft. The font dates to the 14th century. This church is in the care of the Diocesan Churches Trust.

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