Sunday, 29 March 2015

All Saints Church, Hilgay, Norfolk

I have wanted to visit All Saints Church in Hilgay for several years, as this was the location of my Paternal Grandmother, on my Mothers side, first wedding back in 1931.  It took us a little while to find it as it was too the side of the village, hidden amongst several large trees.  The access to the church was down this very long, pretty, holly bush and lime tree lined, road.

The church was constructed around 1794 with the tower made of brick and the rest of the church of carstone and ashlar dressing stones, with a slate roof.  The tower is quite a squat tower, which appears to be quite unusual for this part of the country.

The inside of the church feels really cosy and is full of ornate carved wood.

Just inside the church to the left can be seen a very old funeral cart.  There is a notice inside the cart which reads "Hilgay Hearse - This was purchased by public subscription to mark Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897.  Note that it is not horse drawn but pushed by hand.  One of the last men to push it the late Harry Mann was paid 'half a crown' to bring a body from Ten Mile Bank to Hilgay"(note a distance of 3.9 miles or 6.2 km).

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