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Church Micro 1613...... Timberhill Traditional Geocache

Hidden : 02/14/2011
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2 out of 5

Size: Size:   micro (micro)

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Geocache Description:

A relatively tricky micro just outside the grounds of another lovely church to continue the Church Micro Series in Norwich. Enjoy the search and please replace as found. Thanks!

St John the Baptist Timberhill, Norwich

On the edge of the central shopping area, this medieval church conceals a modern high Anglo-catholic interior.

Originally dating from at least 1420, St John the Baptist's modern incarnation as a working church dates back to the early 1980s, when it was designated the main church for the Anglican Diocese's new Parmentergate parish. As a result, you step into a building full of space and light, enhanced by the modern chairs, and devotional statues and shrines.

By the 19th century the building had fallen on hard times; the tower collapsed in the 1780s and the roof was full of holes. There was a massive restoration in the 1860s to bring it back from the brink. Internally, very little medieval survived. Externally, St John the Baptist has a massive 15th century porch and aisles, but no clerestory; instead, the Victorians put dormer windows in the new roof. They also rebuilt the chancel, replaced most of the windows, and put a little stone bell turret at the west end.

This was the closest church to the entrance to Norwich Castle, and at one time was known as St John Castlegate. It is said that executed prisoners from the Castle were buried here at this church.

Apart from Martin Travers' gorgeous stained glass Madonna and Child, which came here from the east window at All Saints, the finest attraction is the 16th century candelabra with its image of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin which hangs in the south aisle. It is obviously from the continent, but there are a couple of contemporary Norwich angels in the glass on the south side.

Paremegate parish covers a wedge shaped area southwards from the town centre containing the King Street and Rouen Road districts and covers an area that was originally served by about a dozen medieval parish churches. Now, the Castle Mall shopping centre has brought St John the Baptist back into the heart of the city, and is well worth a visit. It is open 7am till 5pm in the summer, and 4pm in the winter, and closes after high mass on Sunday's.

This is our first cache and we hope you enjoy searching for it. You are looking for a 2ml 'camo' tube. BYOP

Please Note: There is no need to enter the Church grounds to locate the cache, although it is open for public worship, so feel free to visit this lovely church.

If anybody would like to expand this series, please could you let sadexploration know first, so that he can keep track of the Church numbers and names to avoid duplication. Thanks!


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