St Faith's church, Little Witchingham :: Shared Description

Grade II*listed

The first church was built in the early 12th century, with additions in the 14th century including the south aisle, which was later reduced in length, and the tower completed in the 15th century.
By 1791 the church was almost ruinous and the roof renewed in the 18th century, with the chancel and east window done in the 19th century. By the mid 20th century it has again become derelict.

In the 1960's when being considered for demolition, the remains of one of the most complete schemes of mediaeval wall paintings in the country was uncovered. Almost the entire church was covered with paintings including depictions of the Passion and Resurrection, and a scroll pattern with grapes and vine leaves. In 1991 the church passed into the care of the Churches Conservation Trust and further restoration work was undertaken.

The north wall is the oldest part of the church, and dates from the 12th century. Most of the fabric dates from the 14th century, the church being built of flint rubble with stone and brick dressings.
There is a west tower, nave with a three bay south arcade and chancel. There is a king post roof from the 18th century.
The font is Victorian but stands on a mediaeval column.
The church is glazed with clear glass, and is empty apart from a simple altar and an old harmonium.
by Julian P Guffogg
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TG1120 : St Faith's church, Little Witchingham by Julian P Guffogg
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TG1120 : Interior, St Faith's church, Little Witchingham by Julian P Guffogg

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Created: Tue, 28 Jun 2016, Updated: Tue, 28 Jun 2016

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