Banningham TG 21 29
Norfolk 2 miles north east of Aylsham to the east of the A140
In use - Church of England

Contact: The Rectory, Aylsham Road, Felmingham, North Walsham, Norfolk NR28 0LD

Tel: 01692 402382

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The Church of St. Botolph, Banningham  is a mixture of Decorated and Perpendicular styles. Chancel and central part of the Nave date from the early 14th century. Both aisles, most of the Nave windows, the square tower and the south porch date from the 15th century. The walls are mainly of random flint work and a notable feature is the thatched roof to the chancel.. There is only one remaining bell two having been sold in 1807 to pay for a restoration of the roof in 1808. From inside the tall hammerbeam structured roof is impressive. There are remnants of wall paintings on the north wall above the arcade, the most discernable being of St George slaying the dragon. 

The first experience on our visit was the sight of peahens and a peacock on the fence opposite the church. It was not long before the sound of the peacocks dominated the air. The road follows the northern edge of the churchyard wall so that, from the entrance gate the path leads round the eastern chancel to the porch to the main south door which had locked wire netting over no doubt to discourage nesting peacocks. The chancel door was not locked but a local arrived to lock up as we left.

Copyright Peter Buttle 30 March 2002

Updated 20 September 2004

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