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Castle Rising Church of St Lawrence, Norfolk

See also Castle Rising Castle

Castle Rising Church exterior by Bob Jones courtesy Geograph The stone used in Castle Rising church, dedicated to St Lawrence, is of three types, two of which are local to the county of Norfolk. One is Sandringham sandstone and the other is dark Carrstone. The third type, used for the west front, is imported stone from a Northamptonshire quarry. It was transported on the river Nene and across the Wash to the harbour at Rising. In the graveyard the tombstones are mostly of imported stone.

Church porch by John Salmon courtesy Geograph Church lych gate by Richard Croft courtesy Geograph The west front is part of the original Norman church but has two windows blocked up. Early English windows were set within the Norman frame. The church tower has a saddle roof built 1880 along with a new porch and transept. It replaced an 1811 tower roof that had battlements. The exterior has an early English porch. A railing was placed across the porch to keep out animals. The lych gate in the grounds was built as a memorial to Lady Mary Howard.

Church interior by Barbara Ballard On a tour of the church interior there are a number of things to note:

1. Font: the oldest decorative stonework (early Norman) in the village, originally from the former parish church; note the three cat faces on the west side.

2. West end of the nave: two Norman windows.

3. East end of the nave: original Norman arch; three triforium arches; staircase to belfry; two stone bosses on north and south walls; modern reproduction of fresco painting on north wall; altar on south side of chancel arch with medieval carving; two squints; monuments connected with the Howard family, owners of the Castle Rising estate.

4. The tower crossing: decorated roof; ceiling opening might have been for bells; originally had two Norman windows.

5. Church transept by John Salmon courtesy Geograph Transept: dates from 1889; contains tomb of black Belgian marble of rector who died 1751.

6. Church chancel by John Salmon courtesy Geograph Chancel: Norman in origin but in ruins in 1800 and rebuilt; remains of Norman arches seen on exterior of church; lancet windows date from Henry III time; Victorian timber altar.

7. Church piscina and sedilia by John Salmon courtesy Geograph On south wall is the sedilia and piscina.


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Castle Rising Church
Castle Rising village, Norfolk, just off the A149, north of A148

Photo of church interior © by Barbara Ballard. Other photos courtesy Geograph Britain and Ireland as follows:
Church exterior by Bob Jones; lych gate by Richard Croft; church porch, transept, chancel, sedilia and piscina by John Salmon

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