John E. Vigar MA, FSA Scot., FRSA

Wimbotsham Church, Norfolk

Wimbotsham Norfolk St Mary exterior from south east

As I write this post the timbers are still smouldering at Wimbotsham church in west Norfolk. This is the most recent of what seems to have been a rash of fires in medieval churches.

 

Wimbotsham church is essentially Norman in date with fine Romanesque doorways to north and south and built of the local Carrstone. The walls are characteristically thick. The tower was remodelled in the fifteenth century and contains two medieval bells. The chancel was substantially rebuilt in the 19th century, in keeping with the Romanesque character of the original. It carries a wonderful corbel table.

 

There were a wonderful set of bench ends in the church. A few were medieval but most were outstanding work by James Ratlee (born 1820) who is best known for his woodwork in Ely Cathedral. 

 

It is not yet known what caused the fire but it is to be hoped that rebuilding will take place as soon as possible for this is a church that proudly welcomed visitors with the slogan OPEN FOR YOU 24/7

Wimbotsham Norfolk St Mary corble table cat

 

Wimbotsham Norfolk St Mary bench end human faced quadruped

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