Holy Cross, Caston

Open daily dawn to dusk.
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Important stained glass
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The Church of The Holy Cross sits prettily by the village green. In 1853 the thatched roofs were replaced with slate and then rethatched in 1973 with Norfolk reed. The fine tower dates from the 14th century. Unusually, the entrance is at the west end through a distinctive ogee doorway beneath a Decorated window. Step through into a lofty, bright interior. Charming animal figures sit on some of the bench ends. The majority of the glass on the south side of the nave fell victim to bomb damage in World War Two. One window features a jumble of fragments of medieval English and European glass arranged in roundels. Look carefully and you'll see St Catherine's wheel and a thief on a cross. Beyond the chancel screen on the right are misericords depicting heads and leaf motifs. The main treasure here is the candelabra. It was presented by Charles I to a church in Hertfordshire and was subsequently given to The Church of the Holy Cross in 1871. Perhaps it came from Hampton Court Palace originally.

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