Category Archives: BRISLEY AND ELMHAM DEANERY

Royal College of Midwives

Rodney Chapman has kindly drawn my attention to an armorial window in the Chapel at Beetley. It has a delightful coat of arms, in memory of Gillian Mary Barnard, who lived from 1937 to 1986. Within a flowered border, it has two midwives as supporters, the dexter one cradling an infant and with a bunch …

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HARPLEY

St Lawrence’s Church Ledgers at the west end of the north aisle are for John Raven, Esq., died 29.1.1785, aged 26, and Elizabeth, his wife, died 29.11.1783, aged 25. The family given is muddled; the sequence seems to be: Thomas and Catherine’s son Nicholas (1648-1711)  married Alice (1668-1754). They had two children, Nicholas (1696-1780) and …

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COLKIRK

A tablet on the north wall of the north Aisle, for Samuel Smithe, died 22.2.1663.  His memorial is rhymed, and begins with an anagram: SEE HIM : All Must SEE HIM : in Dust. Per fess dancetty Gules and Argent three ?Talbots erased Or collared Gules – SMITHE?  though these arms are not identified in Papworth;  …

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EAST BILNEY

St Mary’s Church A window in north wall commemorates Lieut. D.F. Hervey, who died in Cairo on 17.5.1917, aged 20,  of wounds received on the Sinai front. His father, Matthew Wilson Hervey, J.P.,  of East Bilney Hall, is remembered on a plaque below. The crest of the Norfolk Regiment is shown at the top of …

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BEESTON next MILEHAM

St Mary’s Church St Mary’s church at Beeston is a marvellous place to start visiting churches.  Its banded spire glows uniquely across the fields;  outside in the churchyard is a memorial to Beeston’s boxing hero, Jem Mace,  while the interior of the church is lofty and luminous from the rose window.  Its crowning beauty is …

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