A hair brooch, a name and a cross-continental journey. Hester Ann Barfield 1853-1856.
The rood screen at Smallburgh is arguably the main focal point of the church today.
Lying in such an isolated place, Booton St Michael has come to be known as ‘the cathedral of the fields’.
Medieval wall paintings. Grand, loud, bright and famous. They fill the pages of guidebooks, celebrated by tourists for centuries. They are never forgotten. Right?
When travelling through the Norfolk countryside, if you were to stop at every church you passed, you’d be forced to invest in property and inform your family of your permeant change of residence. In short, it would take an age.
However, in my experience, I have found so many of these tiny parish churches filled to the rafters with historical artefacts, sculptures, artwork and more fascinating headstones than you can shake a sensible walking shoe at.
Norwich Cathedral, for all its kagools and bored schoolchildren, has some truly fascinating memorials and hidden stories. Trust me.
Framed by poppy fields and arable farming, these chocolate-box villages conceal an ancient evil, deep within their land.