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St Andrew, Trowse Newton, Norwich
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Andrew, Trowse Newton, Norwich
The city of Norwich may be ignored here perhaps, but the Colmans may not, for although they were non-conformists, this church was in the family's patronage. Their influence here is felt two-fold. Firstly, they paid for a late, major restoration in 1901, after the church had been severely damaged by flooding. The nave was substantially rebuilt at this time. Secondly, the interior benefits from some of their somewhat idiosyncratic art collection. The major feature is the vast altarpiece originally in St Michael Coslany. This is enormous, perhaps ten feet high, and is now set on the south wall of the nave. It dates from the first decades of the 18th Century, and was the work of the Norwich artist Charles Heins. It may well have once sat at the east end here, for the four figures which originally flanked it are still in situ either side of the east window, now sadly filled by fairly execrable Edwardian glass.
However, the most memorable feature is the set of three 18th Century life size figures, two angels and a king, who sit playing instruments in front of the pulpit. They must have come from a Dutch or Flemish organ case, and were probably collected by the Colman family in the early 19th Century.
Simon Knott, November 2012
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