The Parish Churches of Ranworth with Panxworth,
South Walsham, Upton with Fishley and Woodbastwick

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St Margaretís Church, Upton

This majestic church was built between 1380 and 1450 in the perpendicular style of architecture. The church stands on an earlier Norman church founded by Ranulph de Glanville in 1171, a year after Thomas Beckett’s murder. The ancient font, one of the most beautiful in Norfolk, dates from the late 14th century. Its carvings represent the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion and celebrate the baptism in about 1380 of the Lord of the Manor’s daughter, Jocosa De Botourt. The lower part of the church’s rood screen survived the Reformation and has eight beautifully painted panels. One of the Church’s emblems is the dragon that is said to have swallowed St Margaret, the patron saint of the church. A fine Norman piscina or stone basin for Holy water, is set in the wall by the main entrance. The tower was rebuilt in the 1920s following an earlier collapse. There are medieval consecration crosses painted on the walls near the recently restored Holdich organ and pulpit to remind us all of that this house is dedicated to God as a place of prayer and refuge.

St Margaretís Church, Upton - click for larger image


St Barbara, the patron saint of architects - click for larger image

St Barbara, the patron saint of architects