St Mary and All Saints, Little Melton, Norfolk, is a small village church built in the 14th Century. Nowadays, many churches are locked during the week to cut down on vandalism and thievery. I’ve visited this one on a couple of occasions in the hope that it might be open, but been disappointed. Sometimes wardens or the ladies who do flowers are at work and they are usually happy to act as informal chaperone – I don’t like to make special arrangements, disturbing people from the normal business and making appointments and the like . On my recent trip to Norfolk my luck turned and I found the church was indeed open, so I was able to take a few shots inside.
The first things to strike the eye are the 14th century wall paintings.
It was likely that this is the very font that my Great Great Grandfather was baptised in 1830s. I have some idea of names and dates of individuals who make up my paternal family line but not a real understanding of where – though I believe a 20 mile circle would adequately cover their locations back to 1600s. I plan to make further photographic trips to get some images of the relevant churches concerned – as these are most likely be substantially equivalent between then and now.
Perscina and sedilia seem pretty typical to me.
I’m particularly indebted to Simon Knott and his website at www.norfolkchurches.co.uk