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Thread: St James Church, Bawsley, Norfolk, September 2016

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    Passed this place so many times and seen it hanging there in the distance. Finally got to go round this photogenic ruin when I parked up in a lay-by on the A149 and walked across the farmer’s field. Just east of Kings Lynn, the hill-top remains of Bawsey Old Church are visible from miles around. Seen by many but visited by few. The silhouette is quite impressive from the King’s Lynn A149 By Pass, between the Queen Elizabeth and Knights Hill roundabouts. The village of Bawsey St James was still thriving up to the 16th century. Until, that is, the landowner decided to depopulate the village and give the whole area over to farmland. Fortunately the old church of St James was just left to decay. The surviving sections of the tower and nave date from the 11-12th centuries, whilst the remaining part of the chancel is 14th-15th century. It is built from local carstone and iron conglomerate and occasional flint and limestone dressings, constructed in the Romanesque style. It was dedicated to St.James and fell into ruin as far back as 1745.

    It became a TV star in March 1999 when Channel 4’s Time Team excavated the surrounding area and found a 14th-century tile. On it was the lettering ‘THOMAS’ printed backwards. It is thought to refer to Thomas de Wigginhall, whose term of office as prior at Castle Acre ended in 1376. Also found on the hillside around the church, was a skeleton of which the skull had sustained a powerful blow from a swordsman. Bawsey Old Church was possibly the site of an earlier pre-Norman settlement that was raided by Viking Norsemen.

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    Excellent pics, love the way the different rooflines show in the tower wall.

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    Nice pictures. Definitely looks Norman.
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    Very nice,definitely a norman arch,the 2 different rooflines probably show an original thatched roof followed later by a tiled one
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    Are we allowed to post historical ruins like churches and castles? I got quite a few of Kidwelly and Pembroke and didn't know to post them. Cool shots by the way, this is the first I've seen of it and I love stuff like this.

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    Cheers folks.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sean of Wales View Post
    Are we allowed to post historical ruins like churches and castles? I got quite a few of Kidwelly and Pembroke and didn't know to post them. Cool shots by the way, this is the first I've seen of it and I love stuff like this.
    Good question. Like you I'm a massive castle fan. The guideline I tend to use is that if they are a tourist attraction and owned by say National Trust, English Heritage etc I'd say not. This place is in that grey area. Not a complete abandonment but not really a tourist site.

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    nicely done HughieD

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    Cheers JSP!

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    Very nice,definitely a norman arch,the 2 different rooflines probably show an original thatched roof followed later by a tiled one
    Think you are on the money there mate...

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    Very nice work there HughieD and I like how you managed to show the tree differnt rooflines. Whar a superb piece of history
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean of Wales View Post
    Are we allowed to post historical ruins like churches and castles? I got quite a few of Kidwelly and Pembroke and didn't know to post them. Cool shots by the way, this is the first I've seen of it and I love stuff like this.
    Yes Thiugh I have not as such. Kidwelly s is a good one to post especally if you show a good shot of the holein the ground they used to throw prisoners.
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