Holy Trinity, Caister-On-Sea

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Important stained glass
Grade II*

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An elegant church with a slender 14th century tower. Notice the line of a long lost steep thatched roof, replaced by lead and later the pantiles you see today. The church underwent an enthusiastic Victorian restoration and not much of the original fabric survives, apart from the corbels in the nave. A 13th century Purbeck marble font used to stand in the church but was replaced in 1902 with the present colossal 14th century font which was discovered in a garden in Suffolk and bought for £5. The royal arms belong to George III but look closely and you will see that they were originally for James I. Moses and Aaron look down from their 17th century decalogue boards. The beautiful east window depicts Christ and his fishermen disciples, a memorial to the nine Caister lifeboatmen who lost their lives in a November storm in 1901. A second memorial lies in the old churchyard: lifebuoys, nets and other equipment are draped on a broken pillar, intricately carved in stone. "Caister men never turn back" became etched in local tradition. In the chancel is a 17th century memorial with a bust of Sir William Crowe (d.1668) with his flowing locks. Of interest are the memorial brasses to the Caister men killed in World War One which note the items presented to the church by family members in their memory such as the altar vases, candlesticks and cross.

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