St Andrew’s, Framingham PigotOpen daily dawn to dusk.
This is one of the most beautiful examples of a Victorian church in Norfolk. The church was built in 1859 on the site of a small Saxon, or early Norman church, which had fallen into disrepair. It was paid for by George Henry Christie (of the famous London Auction House family) who had become the village squire on his marriage to Frances Taylor, who has inherited the estate from her father. Pevsner lists the architect as Robert Kerr, but locally it is thought to be Thomas Lloyd, who may also have acted as the stonemason. The church has lovely stone carvings, traditional oak pews with carvings of fruit, foliage and flowers, lovely stained glass, and a rare Holdich organ made in 1859 especially for the church. The three bells date from 1737 and 1859 and have recently been restored allowing them to rung for the first time in fifty years in July 2015. The village is still mainly privately owned and has a timeless quality about it, and the church sits comfortably in these lovely rural surroundings. This active church is popular for weddings, and the church has recently featured in the film Bridget Jones's baby. The church offers a very warm welcome to all who wish to join them in worship in this beautiful and well loved church.
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