St Andrew's Church

 

Stokesby

St Andrew's Church dates from the 13th Century, but various Norman moldings point to an even earlier building on this site.

The tower is from the Early English period (1200-75), and the first Rector to be recorded was Thomas de Ormesby in 1283.

 

There is a bell in the tower inscribed ‘Edw.Tooke made me, 1679’. Between 1856-8, there was a complete restoration: some ancient wall paintings were uncovered but were unfortunately obliterated by unknowing workmen.

The Cradle Roof of the nave is a copy of the original one; reed thatching is a local Norfolk craft. The Rood Screen has been removed, and the decorated iron ring on the main door is very old, probably fourteenth century.

The first Register dates back to 1566 in the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1st  and is beautifully inscribed on parchment.

The church possesses a Paraphrase of the Gospels and Act by Erasmus 1466-1536 which must be some 70 years earlier than our Authorized or King James version of the Bible.

St. Andrew's has some of the finest brasses in Norfolk. The earliest depicts St Edmund Clere in a combrous helmet with raised visor and is dated 1488; his wife Elizabeth is with him in an elegant horned head-dress.

      Clere    Eliz Clere

            St Edmund Clere                           Elizabeth Clere

Each of the pews at the rear of the church are decorated with ornate figures of people at prayer or of animals.

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There are two new  boards on display in the church showing a number of the brasses which have been found in the church.

 

 

 

 

St Andrews Church

 

                                                                             Stokesby

 

A view inside

 

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Stained Glass Window

 

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New display boards

 

 

Board 1      Board2