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    Smile Church of St Mary. Norfolk, Feb 15


    Last weekend I had a day without the wife, so I once again headed up into Norfolk with friend in search oh photo's, and one most likely one of its many ruined churches.

    This one has appeared on here before, and there isn't a lot of history on it, but a brief introduction.

    This round towered church is believed to have once been the centre of a town or village, which at some point was abandoned or destroyed leaving only this relic to face the centuries alone as a symbol of what once was. There is a rumour that when it snows, you can see earthworks relating to this village, but whilst it was cold last Sunday there was no snow so I couldn't test this theory.

    My research suggest that this church dates back to before the Norman conquest with the tower having some Saxon features, some of the construction implies that it has been changed over the years. Having walked around, there was the foundations to suggest this church did at one stage extend further out to rear, the wall either falling down at some point, or being pulled down for use elsewhere.

    Now, to the photo's, I confess this was my first time using RAW photography, so may have got a bit over excited in the editing suite... but here goes.


    We made it a bit earlier this time so we were able to get some more daylight shots.


    The area immediately in front of the lens shows evidence of the church extending further out towards us.


    Quite over grown in places, this church would look great in the summer when the foliage is in bloom.


    Entrance from the side, this appears to be a later addition to the church.


    The round tower. there are some suggestions this could be Saxon... possibly from around 1000AD.


    Arches in the main area, still standing strong.


    Not sure what this is.. In the recent entrance, possibly a holy water bowl or offerings/donation bowl?


    More of the arches.


    Inside the old tower.


    I won't lie, I like a structure with curves...


    We hung around waiting for the sunset, hoping to repeat the luck we had previously.




    The sun didn't fall for us in the way we hoped, but we still did get some nice sunset shots.


    Ruins always look good in the sunset.


    It may not have been the sunset we wanted, but we did get some beautiful colours.

    Hope you enjoy viewing these as much as I did taking them. :)

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    Nicely Done I liked it, Thanks
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    Very nice indeed
    Loving it

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    I liked this church when I had a look at it..There is another nearby..bit more isolated though.nice shots.
    I like to go where others fear to tread.

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    Nice one mate!
    Shot before the last one with the sunset is my fave :)
    Thanks for sharing :)
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    great shots and a great location

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    The wee little basin is called a stoup

    http://www.nationalchurchestrust.org...ly-water-stoup

    Very nice photos thanks for sharing
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    Very nice I do like these,beautiful light.

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