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The Local Churches

If you decide to walk the trail then you will pass through the churchyard of St Andrew's and can also easily make a visit to All Saints Church in Edingthorpe. Knapton and Paston are fairly close by and Witton Church is in a beautiful location but is probably best saved for another day.

St Andrews, Bacton, Norfolk

St Andrews lies at the end of the footpath that rises over the ridge from the sea. The skylarks are usually much in evidence in the field and the tower of the church is home to a large colony of jackdaws. They spend their day elsewhere and return in the evening, usually meeting up in the poplar trees next to the churchyard before they retire for the night. There has been a fair to-do of late with the recent arrival of the magpies from the top of Sandy Lane and occasional forays inland by the seagulls blown inland by the strong winds on the coast.

 

The church is constructed of flint, freestone and brick. The earliest visible part of the building is the stoup in the south nave doorway, which dates from Norman times. The remainder is mainly 14th century with a 15th century tower and a 15th or early 16th century south porch.

 

There were also alterations and restorations in the 19th century, evidenced by finds from this period made during a programme of archaeological monitoring and recording in 2012.


Inside, there is a 14th century font and 16th century wall paintings. The list of earlier incumbents makes for interesting reading and there are two fabulous photographs. One of EJ Moeran,  an Anglo-Irish composer from the early part of the twentieth century, sat on the knee of his grandfather who was a vicar here; the other is of a local bell-ringer who one-handedly(ish) rang all the bells through a clever construction of ropes and pulleys - though, in truth, he looks more like an over-optimistic escapologist.

 

The churchyard has many interesting gravestones, including an Art Nouveau memorial dating to 1924.

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