Church Micro 1613...... Timberhill Traditional Geocache
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||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
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
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!
!!! CONGRATULATIONS TO NOMADSKI FOR FTF