St Catherine’s Church, Fritton (Norfolk)

I was on the prowl up near Norwich yesterday while Jean went to a Godly Play meeting, and took the opportunity to visit a couple of churches in the Hempnall group, which are full of historic interest. More about Shelton in an upcoming post, but here are some snaps from Fritton. A round tower calls to you down a muddy track, and once inside some very friendly (I hope) lions stand guard on the font (very like the one at Shelton). Wall paintings still survive: a rather faded St Christopher, a youthful St Edmund Rich, and a large restored St George and Dragon. The rood screen still has some of its painted panels: the donor John Bacon with his wife and fourteen (!) children, and doctors and saints including Simon with his fish. As a final bonus there is a pretty modern glass of Etheldreda in the Chancel too.

Well done Fritton and the whole group for keeping the churches open and welcoming.

 

Frittion Church, exterior Fritton Church - interior

Smiling lion, font, Fritton St Edmund Rich Fritton

  Chancel screen - donor John Bacon wife & 14 children Fritton St Simon, roodscreen FrittonSt George wallpainting, Fritton St Etheldreda (modern glass) Fritton

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