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    Default Church of St Felix. Babingley, Norfolk. Oct 11.


    This remote ruin out in the fields of the Sandringham estate was still a working church in the early 19th century. Indeed, there are records of an attempt to repair it as recently as 1849, according to Pevsner. However, the introduction of the mission church on the main road in 1880 led to its final demise, and it was abandoned.

    Derelicted by having its roof removed, it declined very quickly, and what remains today apart from the sturdy 14th century tower is just an empty shell, but there is one fascinating detail. Curiously, the chancel arch was blocked and has a window set in it. This is a reminder that, before the 19th century sacramental revival, many chancels were blocked off and used for other purposes, but it is a rare survival today. There were two aisles; the north one was demolished and the arcade blocked long before ruination. The arcade to the south aisle survives. There is a substantial Tudor brick porch, which must have been a fine one.

    Babingley is one of those places that claims itself as the landfall of St Felix, when he was invited by the Wuffings, the East Anglian royal family, to evangelise their Kingdom. Anything is possible, I suppose, and perhaps Felix did come here, although we are about as far as you can be in East Anglia from the former royal capital at Rendlesham, and Felix made his cathedral on the other side of the Kingdom at Dummoc, the modern Walton.

    Today, Babingley is mere fields and marshes, the noise of the traffic on the busy Kings Lynn to Hunstanton road fading to nothing as you approach the old church. Ivy has mastered this ruin, and it is most dramatic as it rides the fields, the jackdaws whirling above.Borrowed from Norfolk Churches.



















    And a dreadful thing from the cliff did spring. And its wild bark thrilled around. His eyes had the glow of the fires below. Twas the form of the Spectre Hound. 'Ha' yer fa'r got a dickey, bor?' 'Yis, an' he want a fule ter roide 'im, will yew cum?'

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    Nice pics, BS. Norfolk, I belive, has more derelict churches than any other county; I drove though a while back and saw two without even trying.

    Do we know why they removed the roof?

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    Not a clue Eggbox. You're right on the redundant church bit mind..:)
    And a dreadful thing from the cliff did spring. And its wild bark thrilled around. His eyes had the glow of the fires below. Twas the form of the Spectre Hound. 'Ha' yer fa'r got a dickey, bor?' 'Yis, an' he want a fule ter roide 'im, will yew cum?'

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    Great pics and report, it is a shame that it has been abandoned.

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    Indeed, certainly makes for some good shots though:)
    And a dreadful thing from the cliff did spring. And its wild bark thrilled around. His eyes had the glow of the fires below. Twas the form of the Spectre Hound. 'Ha' yer fa'r got a dickey, bor?' 'Yis, an' he want a fule ter roide 'im, will yew cum?'

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    Great pictures mate love the black and white

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    Quote Originally Posted by urban phantom View Post
    Great pictures mate love the black and white
    Thanks Urban, I'm up your way soon bud!!;)
    And a dreadful thing from the cliff did spring. And its wild bark thrilled around. His eyes had the glow of the fires below. Twas the form of the Spectre Hound. 'Ha' yer fa'r got a dickey, bor?' 'Yis, an' he want a fule ter roide 'im, will yew cum?'

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    Got some good plans if you need any help pm me mate

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    Ok I'll bear that in mind urban.;)
    And a dreadful thing from the cliff did spring. And its wild bark thrilled around. His eyes had the glow of the fires below. Twas the form of the Spectre Hound. 'Ha' yer fa'r got a dickey, bor?' 'Yis, an' he want a fule ter roide 'im, will yew cum?'


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