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Report - Croxton Church, Norfolk, November 2015

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by HughieD, Nov 27, 2015.

  1. HughieD

    HughieD 28DL Regular User
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    This was a nice little side-explore while returning back to base after a work trip to Norfolk. Really love these sorts of sites. There's dozens of abandoned churches in Norfolk and Suffolk. The church in question here is St John the Baptist at Croxton, a small village and parish in a small vale, two miles north of Thetford railway station

    It is a small Domesday church with remains possibly dating back as far as the 11th or 12th century. The large east window dates back to around 1300 and the remaining windows to circa the 15th century. Because it never had a tower it is called a chapel but was in fact a small church that carried out marriages, baptisms and burials, just like a church did. The building used to be the parish church of Croxton until the parish was amalgamated with Fulmodeston in the 1880's. Since then the small church and its graveyard have been abandoned and left to go back to nature. The building is Grade II listed but is in a very poor state of repair, so perhaps no surprise that it is graded "Risk Category A" on the "North Norfolk Buildings at Risk" register.

    So a very relaxed explore. Note though the light was extremely challenging. It was very, very dark and I didn't have a tripod so up went the ISO!

    On with the pictures.

    The church is being taken over by nature:

    [​IMG]img3023 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    This is one of the smaller, more ornate windows on the west end wall:

    [​IMG]img2963 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    [​IMG]img3005 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    On the north wall a buttress remains:

    [​IMG]img2982 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The east end wall window is the most impressive of the windows:

    [​IMG]img2978 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    [​IMG]img3021 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    This Memorial plaque can be found on the eastern corner of the south wall.

    [​IMG]img3018 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Inside it's hard to recognise it as the inside of a church:

    [​IMG]img2979 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Although the East window gives the game away:

    [​IMG]img2997 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    [​IMG]img2994 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    [​IMG]img3001 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The graveyard has quite a bit to offer too:

    [​IMG]img3012 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    [​IMG]img2970 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Including some overgrown tomb slab stones:

    [​IMG]img2985 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    ..and this delightful gravestone of Frances Batchelor, the wife of a mariner:

    [​IMG]img2989 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    This must have been the tiny headstone of a child's grave. I guess we'll never know..

    [​IMG]img3019 by HughieDW, on Flickr
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  2. WildBoyz

    WildBoyz Is this the future?
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    Quite an interesting little find. I bet there's quite a bit of history associated with it. A shame it has fallen into such a state of disrepair. Reminds me a little bit of the former great abbeys you see dotted around England after Henry had them destroyed.
  3. HughieD

    HughieD 28DL Regular User
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    Cheers WildBoyz. Yeah...a lot of history but hard to find! Isn't too much around on the web to be honest.

    This is a VERY helpful site for locating these sort of places in East Anglia:

  4. norfolkexplorer

    norfolkexplorer av u seen my marbels
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    Thats a nice one :)
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