All Saints

 

Awarded a grant to pay for urgent tower stonework and roof repairs. Once the tower is repaired, bell ringers will be allowed to start ringing again.

All Saints, Marsham, is a Grade I listed building standing in a small village. It dates from early 14th century, though much of the building is 15th century. Built of flint with lime mortar and stone dressing, it is roofed with slate. The tower carries a fine ring of 8 bells. An interesting historical connection lies in the 17th century incumbency of Revd Samuel Oates. His son Titus Oates was the notorious conspirator and perjurer of the 'Popish Plot'. The church has many beautiful features including a rood screen thought to be dated 1507, a "seven sacrament" font (one of only 29 in England, dated about 1467), painted board of James I Royal Coat of Arms, and carved angels in the roof beams. Two small medieval glass window lights depict an elephant and a unicorn - the only such examples in East Anglia.

In addition to worship, the church is used for school plays, exhibitions, coffee mornings, craft fairs, plant sales, concerts, and operates a "bring and buy" bric-a-brac stall which is very popular with visitors.

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