Norfolk Churches Gallery

Our churches are a joy to explore. Take a look at some of the photo galleries
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Wall Paintings

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In the medieval period, most church interiors featured colourful and highly decorative depictions of biblical stories which enabled their key messages to be understood by the illiterate. Unfortunately, most were painted over or destroyed as taste and theology changed throughout the centuries. Wall paintings experienced a revival during the period of church construction in the 19th century.

Stained Glass Windows

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Both traditional and contemporary, this gallery highlights a range of stunning stained glass windows found in some of our churches across Norfolk.

Pew Ends

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We can often dismiss the pew as nothing more than just something to sit on in church. If, however, you take a closer look at some of the pews in Norfolk churches, you'll discover intricate detail and, at times, a sense of humour!

Rood Screens

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Typically a feature from the 14th-16th centuries, rood screens separate the nave from the chancel. Norfolk is home to some stunning examples.

Chests

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Chests were amongst the most important and prevalent form of medieval furniture, and many fine examples survive in Norfolk churches today. Originally, they provided secure containers in which to store vestments, church plate, documents or alms for the poor, or to collect funds for crusades. Frequently made from oak or elm, they were constructed as heavy, immovable objects intended to keep their contents dry and secure from thieves and vermin.

Font Canopies

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Font covers were particularly popular from the medieval to the Jacobean period and were often intricately carved and painted. Some were so heavy that it was necessary to install a crane or pulley to a nearby wall in order to lift them off. Have a look at these wonderful examples in Norfolk churches.


Organs

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The playing of an organ is an uplifting and inspiring sound that fills the church in which it sits. Here is a gallery of just some of the more ornate organs in our Norfolk churches.

Fonts

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Fonts are often placed at or near the entrance of the nave because the rite of baptism is the first initiation into the Church and reminds believers of their journey. The variety of fonts in Norfolk is huge. They may be round, heptagonal, square... They may feature religious figures, sacraments, beasts, patterns... Think how many baptisms a Norfolk font has seen over its 1000 year history!

Angel Roofs

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High up in the rafters of some of our churches are angels looking down. Indeed, Norfolk churches have a beautiful and varied collection of roof angels waiting for you to discover them.

Pulpits

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From the Latin 'pulpitum', the 'pulpit' is the platform from where a preacher addresses the congregation. Whilst some pulpits can be austere, some are very ornate. In this gallery we've picked a selection of pulpits to highlight the range there is to see in Norfolk.

Reredoses

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The reredos is an ornamental screen behind an altar. There are some particularly impressive examples in Norfolk.

Stonework

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The quality of stonework in Norfolk churches is a testament to the craftsmanship of stonemasons in centuries gone by. Marvel at the detail and creativity.