Castle Rising, Norfolk, England
St. Lawrence Church is a Norman church dating from the 12th century with restoration in the 18th and 19th centuries resulting in the upper part of the tower being rebuilt and the addition of the South Porch.
This view is from the south-east.
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The 15th century Market Cross on the rather picturesque village green opposite the churchyard.
Next to the church is Trinity Hospital which was founded in 1614 as an almshouse. Within a courtyard, each of 12 female residents had one small room with very little in the way of amenities. In those times, they were required to be religious, grave, discreet and "no beggar, harlot, scold drunkard or haunter of taverns". Well that puts a dampener on the fun then.
They have now been modernised to include six apartments for single women over 55 who still dress up in traditional scarlet cloaks and black pointed hats to celebrate Founder's Day each February.
Castle Rising has a very impressive medieval castle and this village and its castle is just 3 miles north-east of King's Lynn and is surrounded by very large earthworks.
The bank of the earthworks can be seen beyond the castle.
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