Crostwight: All Saints, Crostwight nr Honing
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Welcome to All Saints Crostwight, whose name in old English and Norse means Cross in a wooded clearing. It dates from 1280 Early English Gothic style; a Romanesque tower and stands in fields where once a village mentioned in the Domesday Book thrived. The church shows many signs of rebuilding and repair but is basically unaltered. It is a very spirit filled church with great charm.
The Tower became dangerous(from ivy which pulled it sideways) and in 1910 the upper part (including the belfry) was taken down and capped with an unusual pyramidical roof of red pantile. The bell was re-hung lower down, it is dated 1480 and was cast locally at South Repps and is still rung for services. The windows are newer, it's thought that stone for the chancel was taken from the abandoned Priory at Bromholm after 1539.
The east window is of Victorian design from 1896.
The wall mostly faced with round flint stone show attention to detail being carefully graded and layered. The south wall is particularly fine with cut flints. A thatched chancel roof. The porch has niches where figures of saints may have been located,(such figures were denounced as images and abolished mid 16thC)
There is a flower drain inside the porch (again thought to be a Piscina from either the nave or Bromholm Priory)and reset in the wrong place?
The font is of Purbeck marble typical design of Early English Period,it has been repaired.
The interior has a number of monuments & features, most highly regarded amongst these are the 14th Century wall painting remains. They were first noted in modern times around 1840's when lime wash was removed They show:The seven deadly sins which hang like leaves on the Tree of Life. Below are seen Satan with a cauldron full of sinners amid flames. Adam and Eve are depicted standing either side of the tree.
A table with 2 figures being led to Heaven by the angels above with an angry devil below.
St Christopher carrying the Christ-child over the water.
An unidentified figure which is obscured by a wall tablet for Thomas Shepherd. Scenes from Christ's Passion in 3 layers extending to the window. The Triumphal entry,The Last Supper, Washing the disciples feet,Gethsemane, Pilate. The Entombment,The Ascension. Sir Peter Roselyn patron in 1300 and is buried here. The ancient oak screen is the 6th oldest in Norfolk though stripped of its paint still retains some lovely carvings. Outside grotesques show the site of a plague pit from the Black Death.
A serenely peaceful church.
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