Little Melton Church, Norfolk, England


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.



In places the floor is particularly uneven.


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.

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At some time in the past there looks to have been a rood loft – only the stonework remaining.LittleMelton_MG_0348

Perscina and sedilia seem pretty typical to me.

And who said pigs don’t fly!  Don’t ask – I have no idea!!LittleMelton_MG_0375

I’m particularly indebted to Simon Knott and his website at


23 thoughts on “Little Melton Church, Norfolk, England

  1. Lovely! My heart hopped with recognition as I saw the exterior photo (and a couple of times on the interiors). Not that I’ve ever been to this one, but am very familiar with some of its many twins and siblings which occupy the quieter corners of England.

    • 🙂 – I have thought about it and I know a fair bit has been done – I know my paternal tree back to the late 17th century. But that is from a superficial name/dob/dod point of view, what I’d really like to do is visit the neighbourhoods in which the lived and get a sense of place – unfortunately, as I intimated in my post, whilst the movement of my ancestors was restricted to less than a 20 mile diameter circle that circle is nearly 200 miles from my current address, so visits are few and far between (and usually filled with visiting ‘the folks’).
      There’s already one mystery woman in my tree but to investigate further I would have to look at the physical records – again, some distance from where I am.

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