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St Mary, Aldborough
Aldborough is the largest of the villages in
the area between Cromer and Aylsham, a handsome village
with a pub beside its pretty village green, a good place
to sit and watch cricket on a sunny afternoon. And yet,
there is something missing, for most unusually for East
Anglia there is no village church in Aldborough. Instead,
you can find no less than three medieval churches in a
line along the nearby Holt to North Walsham road, each
about half a mile apart and all very different from each
other. The most easterly of the three is the parish
church of St Mary, Aldborough, and the other two are the
parish churches of Thwaite and Alby.
Six bold saints stand attendance in the aisle and the chancel, four of them memorials to local lads lost in the Great War. The aisle windows are by Powell & Sons, and depict St Michael and St Francis from the 1920s, and St Peter and St John from the 1930s. But the best glass is in the chancel, depicting St George and St Edmund above a landscape of Suvla Bay, and is by William Aikman in 1925.
and St George remember Edmund Gay, who was a soldier in
the infamous 1st/5th Battalion of the Norfolk Regiment.
Largely recruited from farmworkers on estates in north
Norfolk, they sailed for Gallipolli, and were wiped out
during the attack on Anafarta in Suvla Bay on the 12th of
Simon Knott, May 2018
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