Sunday, 1 July 2012

Saint Mary The Virgin - Beachamwell


Saint Mary The Virgin - Beachamwell
Saint Mary The Virgin - Beachamwell - is a real surprise as you see it for the first time. The site resembles a Church and graveyard in the North of England as they sit in a small enclosure on a large village green. Almost like being in County Durham rather than in Norfolk.

The Church was firmly locked and tantalisingly there was a notice advising that the key was held nearby. Unlike other experiences of locked Churches, such as Sporle, I decided to look for the key from a local address. The map on the Church door seemed to be clear and I set off on an adventure. Regrettably, the map wasn't to scale and the Anglican Authorities have imagined that visitors know the village and understand where places are. If only locals wanted the key then they wouldn't need a map. I tried to ring the 'phone numbers from my mobile although as with remote areas of Norfolk there was no signal. Tension and frustration mounted until I finally gave up. I walked up and down the street a number of times without success or being able to find a mobile 'phone signal.

The graveyard is unremarkable and I didn't spend long there after  fizzing with disappointment for a short while. The Anglican Authorities have cleared away anything that was interesting and left behind a melange of rather sad1930's  memorials.

Saint Mary The Virgin - Beachamwell
The Porch

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Saint Mary The Virgin - Beachamwell
Table or Chest tomb

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Saint Mary The Virgin - Beachamwell
An unremarkable graveyard and an inaccessible interior

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