St Lawrence’s, Castle Rising

Open daily dawn to dusk.
Wheelchair accessible
Parking nearby
Grade I

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St Lawrence's Church was built by William de Albini in the mid 12th century and is one of the finest Norman churches in the county. William also built the castle from which the village takes its name. Various restorations have been carried out; the top half of the tower, south transept and porch date to the 1850s. The west front has retained its original Norman brilliance and features zigzags, spiral columns, crouching figures and interlaced arches. The centrally-located Norman font has different carvings on each side and one has three animal heads. More heads on the corners float amongst interwoven patterns. The chancel is wholly Early English (13th century), with its pointed lancet windows. Across the road from the church are the delightful red brick 17th century almshouses. Sheltered accommodation is still provided here and the resident women are known as 'Sisters.' Nearby Castle Rising Castle consists of a large, decorated keep and 20 acres of earthworks. It was the residence of Queen Isabella, widow of Edward II. For more information visit the English Heritage website.

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