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Great Walsingham in Norfolk located under seven miles from the North Norfolk Coast. You would assume that with the term 'Great' included in a name that Great Walsingham would be bigger than its sister Little Walsingham, however this is not the case. Great Walsingham is significantly smaller and quieter than tha Little Walsingham, which is where the Anglican and Roman Catholic shrines are located.
The village won the prestigious award for villages with a population under 500 in 1972, 1977 and 1982.
Great Walsingham village sits in the vale of the river Stiffkey and contains a handful of handsome houses, some with impressive timber frames and others fine Georgian facades. One building of particular note is the manor house Berry Hall a private residence which dates from the 16th century complete with a Saxon moat.
The 14th century church of St. Peters, is set on a hill overlooking the valley. Inside the church’s tower are three bells made in Kings Lynn between 1330 and 1350.There are also particularly ugly gargoyles, and its worth risking neck ache to see them.
The pews within the church have decorative ends featuring strange animals, apostles and angels. There are references to the Black Death of 1348 contained within the church, when it is said the entire village of Great Walsingham upped sticks and moved across the ford.
At the eastern most buttress of the church south aisle, is a small round circle with lines shooting out from a central hole, this is a scratch dial. A metal or wooden peg known as a gnomon (Greek indicator) used to be placed inside the hole. The shadow of which was used when it touched one of the radiating lines to indicate to the priest that it was time for Mass.
You are looking for a snall camouflafaged tube. Please bring youe own pen. There are houses close by so please take care when retrieving and replacing.
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