All Saints

A large 14th and 15th century church with a slightly earlier tower impressively placed at the edge of the village near Norton Hall formerly a seat of the Knightley family and in the 19th century Beriah Botfield, the bibliophile.

About this church

A large reredos now forms part of a huge west screen at the base of the tower. The church is populated by a fine array of monuments of the owners of Norton Hall including a huge complex tomb to Lady Elizabeth Knightley (d1602) matching that of her sisters in Westminster Abbey.

In the chancel Nicholas Bretton and his wife. She with unusually low cut dress. The monument to Mrs Botfield by the young William Behnes, 1825, is very strange with her over life size marble son mourning his loss. He was responsible for commissioning Thomas Willement to create the splendid set of armorial stained glass in the late 1840’s that adorns most of the windows reflecting the different ownerships of the Manor of Norton.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Fascinating churchyard

Visitors information

  • Level access to the main areas
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets nearby
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike

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