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St Mary, South Wootton
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Your first sight is one of those rugged, primitive Norman fonts you get in this part of Norfolk. It is square, and roughly hewn, with nine pillars and a monstrous face at each corner. The sides have a tablet shape in relief on the sides, which is curiously regular.
The nave was substantially refurbished at the time the tower was rebuilt, the roof being done in a hammerbeam style. There are two curious, stubby transepts; if they are as old as the chancel then they would be 14th century, but Pevsner wondered if they were actually 18th century, as their style suggests. That to the north contains the organ; the southern one has a window with curiously naive coloured glass depicting the Annunciation and the Nativity flanking the Blessed Virgin and Child. I wondered if they were the work of a local.
In the sanctuary is a large tombchest, commemorating Sir Thomas Winde, who died in 1603. Curiously, it is set into the north chancel wall as if it is an Easter sepulchre; obviously, it is seventy years too late for that, but perhaps Sir Thomas had a long memory of what was fitting.
The furnishings of the chancel and nave are all in simple wood designs, presumably of the 1890s. The walls are white, with a little devotional icon in a modern piscina in the south tansept.
Simon Knott, October 2005
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