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    Rating Key

    ***** Outstanding
    **** Excellent
    *** Good
    ** Quite interesting
    * Not very interesting but worthy of inclusion


    5 Open for long periods, or key readily available
    4 May be open for long periods, but best to check beforehand
    3 Uncertain opening times
    2 Closed for all or most of the time other than for services
    1 Closed at all times

Site: St Margaret
Denomination: Church of England
Type: Church
Period: 15th Century, 17th Century, 18th Century

Features: Candelabrum, Effigy, Glass, Monuments, Tower


This is a little, long and low church with a truncated medieval tower. It has a 17th-century rebuilt brick S aisle, constructed to house the Marsham monuments. These include 1678 rhyme-and-portrait figures of parents and children, along with the 1638 macabre shrouded figure of Thomas Marsham, with angels above and skulls and bones beneath. Accompanying these in the S aise is a 13th-century effigy of a woman in black stone, known as the Black Abbess. In front of the screen is a massive 17th-18th-century candelabrum, and on the N side of the church an outstanding collection of reset Norwich School glass includes a piece of 15th-century glass of staggering beauty, famously known as Angel's Head.

Address: Church Road, Stratton Strawless, Norfolk, NR10 5LN
Phone Number: 01603 737255

E-mail: christopher.engelsen@btinternet.com

Rating: ***

Open: 4

Website: http://www.norfolkchurches.co.uk/y/strattonstrawless.htm