St. Mary and St. Walstan's Church, Bawburgh
St Mary and St Walstan's is a round towered flint
Church, set above the River Yare overlooking the village of Bawburgh. The congregation
is open and welcoming and the style of services reflects this. A children's area
Bawburgh is a significant location in the legend of St Walstan, the 10th-11th century patron saint of farm labourers.
Pilgrims have been visiting the church and St Walstan's well for nearly 1000 years. St. Walstan's day is celebrated in May each year with a festival service and the blessing of the well.
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Bawburgh Church featured in the 2008 series "Iconic Buildings of Bawburgh":
“Much photographed, sketched and well documented, our charming round towered flint church, has been a pivotal building in the village through ten centuries. Its form was not as it is today, when it hosted the burial of Walstan in 1016, although the tower may already have been in situ. Because of his Shrine, the church gained great wealth thanks to the hundreds of visiting pilgrims. So much so, it was noted during medieval times that six priests were housed in the village to deal with the numbers. These were housed in what is now Church Farmhouse and Church Cottage. The Shrine was demolished during the Reformation, and the church later restored by Bishop Wren in 1638. A century ago, the church’s benefactor was Charles Noverre, who donated the bible still in use, and the decorative rood screen. At the same time, Rev. Gabriel Young (1892-1931) was instrumental in improving church attendance, as well as restoring the fabric of the building (there was a grand re-opening in 1922). The pulpit came from Norwich Cathedral in 1892, and the organ (recently restored) arrived one hundred years ago, in 1908. The tower was restored in memory of Mrs. Caroline Young in 1905. There is a curious “poor-box” in situ, as well as 15th century fragments of stained glass, a wall painting of similar date and ancient poppy heads on the pews. The arms of Charles II are rare, and there are also important brasses under the aisle matting. It is a very special place, evidenced by its Grade One listing granted in 1983.”
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