Posted on 09/30/2013

Photo taken on September  9, 2012

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St. Mary The Virgin, Wortham (1)

St. Mary The Virgin, Wortham (1)
The village of Wortham in north Suffolk stands on the busy A143 Bury-Diss road. It boasts the second largest village green in England, beaten only by that of neighbouring Mellis some 3km south.

St. Mary The Virgin is located on Magpie Hill about 2km north of the main village and the same distance south of the Norfolk border. The location is remote, with only Hall Farm as a neighbouring building. It is one of thirty-eight existing round-tower churches in Suffolk and has the largest round tower by diameter in England. However, now only a stump remains - resting partly on its eastern rim and partly on the extreme western end of the nave roof - by a little 18th century weatherboarded bell-turret covered with an ogee dome. The 11th century tower collapsed in 1789, leaving just an open shell, visible through the huge open space to the west. The tower is 29 feet (8.8 metres) in diameter and was once 62 feet (18.9 metres) high.

The rest of the church is Perpendicular externally and consists of a chancel, an aisled nave and a south porch. The nave clerestory is composed of six two-light, four-centred windows on each side, with supermullioned drop tracery, bricks tumbled-in around the arches, and flint flushwork between. Much of the interior furnishings were renewed as part of a series of vigorous restorations during the second half of the 19th century, mostly under the eyes of one of Suffolk's most famous ministers, Richard Cobbold, scion of the Ipswich brewery family, who was Rector here for more than 50 years.

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Peter Van Der Houwen
Peter Van Der Houwen
Marvelous view!
4 years ago.
Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland
Great capture.
4 years ago.