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All Saints, Sharrington
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The priest door on the south side has been partly filled with an 18th century grave marker. The bottom of the tower stairway is buttressed by the remains of a traceried arch, which is odd, to say the least. All in all, it makes for a singular building.
All Saints is one of those churches that you step into from the west, and the homely interior presents itself to you by unfolding before you. It is all crisp and clean - indeed, when Mortlock came this way in the 1980s, he found the church being saved from dereliction, and at the time inaccessible. He therefore missed one of East Anglia's most amusing medieval treasures. This is the remarkable set of 20 corbel heads that flank the north and south rooflines. They are large, about 30cm across, and each of them is different. They depict half a dozen green men, some hooded faces, and many animals, including a bull, a pig, a bat and what is probably Norfolk's friendliest sheep. They are an absolute delight. You can see some of them below.
Today, the roof is steeply pitched, and I wondered if once it had been higher. It makes for a very intimate space; the old font sits comfortably down in the south-west corner, the building is full of light from the entirely clear windows, and there is even a collection of brasses, dating from either side of the great Reformation divide. Unfortunately, they are mounted on the wall, so let's hope there is never a fire here, or they will make a veritable river of latten. Floor-mounted brasses don't melt - the heat rises away from them.
This pretty church has two further amusements to offer. The Hanoverian royal arms is a pretty set, with an earnest looking lion and a rather coy unicorn, and a stall depicts a beehive above a barrel, or tun. Bees appear to be stealing from the barrel, and it is dated 1879. I took this to be rebus, perhaps even of the name Sharrington itself, but I couldn't work out how a beehive could represent the first part of the place. Any ideas?
Simon Knott, July 2006
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