On the Margins of Breckland - Church and Landscape Tour, Commences at Barton Bendish St Andrew, Friday, 27. September 2019

Join John Vigar and Ian Groves for a tour of five medieval churches and one ruined church in the countryside between the historic market towns of Downham Market and Swaffham in Norfolk, and a discussion of the local villages and landscape.
Between them, the churches include many features of interest including stained glass, medieval graffiti, a painted rood screen, wall paintings, medieval woodwork, two remarkable terracotta tombs and much more.
These magnificent buildings should provide stimulating conversation among attendees and the tour leaders. The day is particularly aimed at those who would like to improve their knowledge of Norfolk's churches.
During the tour you will also discover how the use of churches changed over time and the importance of patronage to the way churches looked. We will also discuss the church in relation to its village and wider landscape, and the landscape history of the local area, focusing particularly on village development on the Breckland margins and other aspects of life over the past centuries in this fascinating area.
Please arrive at Barton Bendish St Andrew church by 10:15
10:15-12:00 Tour of Barton Bendish St Andrew and St Mary (redundant) and travel to Beachamwell St Mary
12:00-14:00 Tour of Beachamwell St Mary, lunch and travel to Oxborough St John. There is also the option to walk to the ruins of Beachamwell St John during lunch
14:00-15:00 Tour of Oxborough St John and travel to Gooderstone St George
15:00-16:00 Tour of Gooderstone St George, then final discussion and questions.
Packed lunch, waterproofs / umbrella, a flask of tea or coffee for later in the day (if you wish), stout footwear, pen and paper, plus lots of enthusiasm and a camera!
This day school may involve the need to car share and we would appreciate your co-operation in minimising the amout of traffic at each site. The churches we will be visiting are all no more than a few minutes' drive from each other.
There will be a small amount of walking involved to access each church. Churchyards by their very nature are not flat, and the interior floors of churches can also undulate. Please take special care when walking through these areas as the organisers cannot accept any liability for trips, slips and other personal injuries.
Due to costs, we will not be able to run the event with less than 10 participants. So, please get sharing on Facebook and Twitter!
£2.50 of the cost of each single ticket will be donated to the churches.

Friday, 27. September 2019, Commences at Barton Bendish St Andrew, On the Margins of Breckland - Church and Landscape Tour

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