All Saints

 

All Saints is a Grade I listed medieval village church with some evidence of Saxon and certainly early Norman features. There are the remains and ruins of two castles and an Augustinian Priory within the parish boundary and the church is central to this historical context. It has an 11th century nave, a 15th century porch and an 11th - 14th century full height octagonal tower housing six bells. There is a traditional reed-thatched roof across both the nave and chancel. 

The first phase of the project involved rethatching the chancel roof which was in the most serious condition. Our funding went towards the second phase, which primarily met the urgent need to replace the thatched roof of the nave, resulting from general decay of existing thatch over period of time. The effect of the thatch deteriorating and slipping led to signs of water entry into the building, making possible deterioration of wooden roof structures likely. A specialist report by a master thatcher commissioned at the request of the church architect recommended complete re-thatching. The materials used will be Norfolk reed and sedge.

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