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St George Tombland, Norwich
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Coming from low church Suffolk, St George appears exotic to my eyes, because it is on one of the highest rungs of the Anglo-catholic ladder. Statues and stations abound, and both aisles end in the east at Marian altars. The furnishings are largely 19th century, but the chancel retains its gorgeous 18th century reredos, which is fitting in a city which was at the height of its power and influence at that time. Also 18th century is the pulpit with its high tester, both elegant and awe-inspiring. The font cover is a hundred years earlier, the St George and the dragon motif on its top a hundred years later. The font itself is an arcaded job in Purbeck marble, familiar from hundreds of rural East Anglian churches. This one has been urbanised somewhat by the Victorians, placed on grand marble pillars.
Despite being a small church in a small parish, St George has provided its fair share of mayors, and in common with many other city churches retains its sword and mace holders in the north aisle, decorated with some of their names. Not far off is a rather naive bas-relief of St George and the Dragon, which I take to be 16th or 17th century in style.
Simon Knott, November 2005
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