On the A143, road towards Diss, behind the town of Bungay, lies a village called Earsham. It is a dainty village, but it has life with a local pub and Earsham Hall, which is known for selling antiques and the Mill which dates back to the Anglo-Saxon times.
What stands out by far in Earsham is the All Saint’s Church, you can see it from the road side and when I did, I thought it was going to be this small, Norman church but no, when we arrived it looked like it grew.
The grounds that the church sits on, dates back to way before the Norman times, Saxon times to be exact, as Saxon pottery and even cremations suggest there were a early Saxon cemtery there before the graveyard you see today. Much of the church was extended eastwards in the 1300’s. The present building dates from the Medieval period the nave was lengthened and the chancel was added and also the tower was built. All the Perpendicular windows were enlarged.
The uncommonly seen shingle spire, was added in around the 1700’s.
From a beauty on the outside, there was more beauty from the inside. The stained glass windows were breathtaking, I kinda have a obsession with them at the moment, from a recent re-visit to Ely Cathedral!
The bottom left hand photo has to be my favourite, it took my breath away!
If you live local or are staying on the Norfolk/Suffolk boarder, I suggest you go to visit this church, its much prettier in person, and if the sun is out while you go, then its even better!
I hope you enjoyed reading this weeks blog.