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The venue is fascinating and spectacular in itself:  Salthouse Church St Nicholas proudly overlooks the sea.


Situated between Weybourne and Cley on the North Norfolk coast, the church also hosts one of the major yearly Norfolk art events, the North Norfolk Exhibition Project (NNEP).

Memoria RoubadaII by A Pacheco
Memoria RoubadaII by A Pacheco
“Since its very first exhibition, the (voluntary) North Norfolk Exhibition Project (NNEP) has annually staged a curated month-long contemporary art exhibition in the beautiful setting of Salthouse Church.
Each year, those selected artists with a Norfolk connection have produced thought-provoking, exciting work; often inspired by and reflecting the local built and natural environment. In the absence of a dedicated non-commercial gallery in North Norfolk, the Project plays an invaluable role in promoting contemporary visual art. The NNEP exhibitions are recognised as one of the County’s premier arts events.” (source: see website)

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memento mori

I’ve fallen for the charme of churchyards longtime ago. On a glorious day like today, in early autumn, old tombstones are real works of art. Decaying through sea air, rain, nature, they symbolise our own ageing… (Oh, come on, stop trying to be philosophic!)

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St Helen, Ranworth, in The Broads

Rood Screen in St Helen’s

painted ceiling in St Helen’s

Norfolk has the largest concentration of medieval churches in the world.  There were over 1,000 medieval churches built in Norfolk and 659 still remain, this is the greatest concentration in the world. Not only are these beautiful internationally important buildings, but they contain hundreds of medieval works of art and craftsmanship.

Salthouse Church

The simple and easily built round towers of early times gave way to the rich and spacious buildings in the prosperous Middle Ages, many noted for their beautiful rood screens, decorated roofs and bench carvings. The decline in the population of Norfolk left many churches isolated from their villages, but their towers still dominate the Norfolk landscape. (Source: Tour Norfolk)

Booton Church

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It takes place each year at the last weekend in July. This time it’s lovely and hot outside, so the crowds are floating in, dragging along kids, mutts, grannies, and rolling back loaded with shopping bags, plants, strange objects they’ve won in a raffle. It’s a great opportunity to relax and to watch, to enjoy an icecream or a cold drink in shady tents. Lots of entertainment for the kids, for dog-lovers, wildlife aficionados, tractor fans.

He seemed to have taken his pet for a walk, but later on…

…these ladies had taken over, merciless upside down!

Many enjoyed their peaceful rest on the shady churchyard,

and one could catch some special views here and there.

A young bride was desperately looking for a groom.

In the church, an imposing ladder seems to lead directly into the sky.

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5 Brothers praying
Adam & Eve

The bosses in Norwich Cathedral are unique and stunning pieces of art. Most of the photos on this page come from here.

Alewife’s tale

Last Supper

Christ teaching

“The medieval wooden nave roof was destroyed by fire after a lightening strike in 1463, following which stone vaulting replaced wood, and gave the opportunity to follow what had earlier been done in the cloister in the 1300s when hundreds of painted narrative roof bosses were set at the joining points of the structural ribs.  In total there are now over a thousand painted bosses in the church and cloister, the majority of which are either components of a meta story (like the story of the world or the life of Jesus) or individual events. ” (see website)

Noah’s Ark

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Trunch Village

The village of Trunch is located in Norfolk, between North Walsham and Mundesley, just two miles off the coast. It hoasts a pub, The Crown Inn, the medieval church of St Botolph’s, a village shop and post office. It once also had a brewery. Around 1000 people are today living in Trunch.

The Crown offers very good beer and home cooked food. Once a year, a beer festival with life music takes place.

enjoying a nice pint of ale

Trunch hosts the 14th-century church of St Botolph’s. The church is famous for its carved and painted wood canopy.

Only four such canopies still exist in England.

St Botolph’s also features a hammerbeam roof with carved angels, as well as medieval misericords under the seats in the chancel. Lord Nelson‘s daughter is said to have been married in the church.

To provide money urgently needed for building repair, the Trunch Crisis Group organises regularly concerts which take place in this beautiful atmosphere.

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East Anglia has the greatest concentration of medieval churches in England and probably Europe. Norfolk alone has 650 medieval churches.

All Saints’ Church at Edingthorpe

Saxons built large numbers and many of our churches today either exist on the same sites or retain some Saxon work. The Normans, who conquered England in the eleventh century, lost no time in building or rebuilding churches. Their work is characterised by its massiveness and consequently much of their building survives. And in the middle ages the great wealth of the wool barons ensured that the finest masons and craftsmen were commissioned.(Richard Tilbrook)

Edingthorpe Church

“Sadly much has been destroyed, firstly at the coming of the Reformation in the mid 16th cent. and a hundred years later by over zealous Puritans at the time of Oliver Cromwell. Since then much more was allowed allowed to fall into neglect. Finally, in the nineteenth century, the industrious Victorians imposed many of their dubious “improvements” doing away with much that was old and beautiful although, to their credit, they did a great deal of valuable work saving churches from dereliction. What is left to us is a priceless legacy; and every one has its own unique character and charm.to undertake the building, enlarging and furnishing of churches” (Richard Tilbrook)

Medieval wooden angels in the roof structure at Knapton Church

Unfortunately, many of the churches are in urgent need of repair, and there is hardly any money available for this purpose. Villagers try to make the churches “work” by organising concerts and cultural events such as art exhibitions whose proceeds go to the churches’ funds.

Trunch Church St Botolph not only has an extraordinary acoustic for all kind of concerts. It also features a very rare font.

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