St. Lawrence Church, Castle Rising, Norfolk Location map
 
  View of the Norman west end, St. Lawrence Church, Castle Rising, Norfolk, England   Castle Rising.

Although St. Lawrence Church was only a small parish church very high quality masonry skills were applied and are still evident today in the west front shown here These are considered by many to be among the finest surviving examples of late Norman style in the country.

 

 

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  View of Kings Lynn from across the river, Norfolk, England   Castle Rising.

The Nave is a grand mix of styles from Norman to Victorian although the font is certainly ancient and probably came from the old church within the castle. This view is from the west end looking through the tower crossing into the Chancel at the east end.

 

 

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  Photograph of the tower, castle rising church, Norfolk, England   Castle Rising.

Looking up from under the crossing the inside of the tower can be seen to be vaulted with diagonal ribs rising from the four corners. Each rib is decorated with zigzag moulding which is rare in a small parish church.

 

 

 

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  Photograph of the font, Castle Rising Church, Norfolk, England   Castle Rising

This shows some of the font detail and you may notice that the carved faces are distinctly cat-like There are two possible explanations for this. One is that it is a play on the name of the old St. Felix Church within the castle or that it stems from Felix who was the first Bishop of East Anglia around 630 AD.

 

 

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