Tasburgh St Mary

What you need to know about this church

St Marys Church Tasburgh

Where to find this church

Church Information

St Marys church is located in Tasburgh, a Norfolk village just to the west of the A140 Norwich to Ipswich road and about 10 miles south of the City of Norwich.

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Tasburgh St Mary church
Tower from the south
Tasburgh St Mary church

Visiting Tasburgh St Mary

St Mary’s in Tasburgh belongs to the churches where I do not remember much of my visit, and have obviously missed some of the main features. This does not mean that it is an uninteresting church. The unusual blank arcading, formed of flints, declares this tower to be an early one, from the 11th century. There are also three slit windows formed of flints, two on the west side, and one on the south, the upper two being placed within an arch of the ring of them at the level of the nave roof. There are parts of a further circle of arches above these, but their tops were cut off when a belfry was added in about 1385. These arches are 2ft 8ins wide, as are the pilasters between them. The upper row has its pilasters above the recesses of the lower row. The belfry openings have simple pointed arches and the tower is topped with a shallow plain parapet. The nave windows are large Perpendicular ones from the 15th century. The chancel has square headed ones with ogee tracery from 14th century, except for the east window which was enlarged in 1903. A modern Church Room has been built on the south side.

The font came here from the redundant church of St Simon and St Jude, Norwich. Its bowl has intricately carved flowers, four of which have heads in the centre, wearing fashionable head-dresses! The corona supporting the bowl is covered with a winding trail of foliage, and the stem has two fleurons to each panel between eight narrow shafts. The font stands in front of the pointed tower arch, but within the tower is the tall narrow round-headed arch of the 11th century. Along the west wall is a screen incorporating the tracery of an earlier screen. Behind the north door is a small cupboard mounted on the wall, which has a painting of the Presentation of the Baby Jesus in the Temple. The black letter texts on the walls were painted in the 19th century. In the south-east nave is a piscina, with above it a curious painted decoration of two dolphins and a scallop shell, perhaps 17th century? There are also two stone shields of arms set in the wall and a brass inscription for Elizabeth Baxter †1587. By the chancel step is a brass plate remembering Dorothy Burman †1642, daughter of Anthony Drury of Besthorpe. In the north chancel window is a small panel of glass showing the three figures of Willliam Newce †1610 and his two wives. In the south-east chancel is a tomb chest with seven heraldic shields, believed to be for Thomas Baxter †1611. There is also a brass inscription by the altar rails for another Elizabeth Baxter, †1586 aged 16 years, daughter of the above Thomas and Elizabeth Baxter.

Conclusion: open church with a really old tower

Tasburgh St Mary church
View into the nave
Tasburgh St Mary church
East window