Piscina - Church of St James the Great, Stocks Green, Castle Acre, Norfolk, PE32 2AA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member greysman
N 52° 42.148 E 000° 41.160
31U E 343652 N 5841685
The church of St James the Great stands in the middle of the village between the ruins of the Norman castle and those of Castle Acre Priory.
Waymark Code: WMVRJF
Location: Eastern England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 05/24/2017
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team
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The village of Castle Acre is a major tourist attraction in Norfolk. The church dedicated to St James the Great stands in the middle of the village between the ruins of the Norman castle, to the east, and those of Castle Acre Priory, to the west. This Grade I listed parish church is largely C14th and C15th but there are some details from c.1300. It was restored by Ewan Christian, architect (1814–95). Built of rubble flint with squared knapped flint and cut stone dressings, lead roofed aisles, with green slate nave and chancel roofs. It consists of a west tower, a five-bay nave with clerestorey, north and south aisles, a north porch, a three-bay chancel, and north vestry.

In the chancel south wall to the east of the eastern window there is a large mutilated piscina with a cut back triangular spandrel in which are traces of trefoils, it is perhaps c.1300. It has the basic shape of a two-light window with a tracery roundel under a later arched canopy. The cusping of this previously magnificent canopy has been sliced off flush to the wall.

Words from British Listed Buildings, Simon Knott's Churches of East Anglia, and Pevsner's Norfolk 1 Buildings with amendments from own on site observations.

Coordinates are for the north porch entrance.

Approximate Age of Artefact: c.1300

Relevant Website: Not listed

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