St Margaret

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The Church

The first picture shows a view from the SE on the approach along the access path. The nave and chancel are under one roof, with a brick-built south aisle. The nave roof is covered in slates and the south aisle is lead covered. The broad west tower is thought to have been substantially rebuilt in 1422, the cost being offset by donations left for it. There were further donations for the tower in 1465-6. Evidence of the powerful buttresses indicates that it was originally going to be much taller, and also that the 12cwt ring of bells may have been heavier, or intended to have been heavier. 

There is a south porch leading to the entrance doorway. Access to the ringing chamber and west gallery is encouraged, and to the bell chamber is possible with care.

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In the south aisle (Marsham Chapel) is the grand monument to Thomas Marsham d.1638, and attributed to Humphrey Moyer. It shows the effigy comfortably semi-reclining, though in his shroud, being sounded by the angel above with trumpet to start his resurrection. This is the earliest monument in Norfolk to represent the theme of the Resurrection. Below the monument can be seen a charnel house full of human bones and two panels left & right displaying the grave digger's tools and equipment. There are black columns either side and above are two reclining angels flanking the Marsham Arms.

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In a south aisle window is a collection of stained glass. Here can be found a delightful image of a round-towered church.

Can anyone identify this church and the maker of the glass?


There is a west gallery, available both to see and to visit, but no details are known about it


Dove's reference for the bells:

Stratton Strawless, Norfolk, St Margaret (GF), 6, 12cwt in F#. -Fri 


Map reference  :  TG221208

Stratton Strawless, near to the town of Aylsham and not far from Coltishall, Buxton & Hevingham. The church was open on arrival. A key is available at Church Farm opposite from John Waddingham the churchwarden.

Photographs and details kindly supplied by Chris (Seajay) Harrison
Seajay Harrison, 2003

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