ST MARY, SAXLINGHAM NETHERGATE
The church, and the nave in particular, had a major restoration in the 1860s, when the aisle was rebuilt and the window traceries replaced. It boasts one of the best glass collections in the Norwich area. Not all of it came from this church, and some of the glass that we know was in the church in the 1860s is not there today. It has been set as if to display a collection, which makes it fun to look at and interesting to compare.
Perhaps of the greatest interest are four roundels which are the oldest figurative glass in East Anglia. They date from about 1250, and predate the famous early glass at Elsing. Two of them show scenes from the legend of St Edmund, East Anglia’s patron saint. In one, he is martyred; in another, he offers the arrows, the instruments of his martyrdom, as a gift to heaven. A third shows the brothers St James and St John, and the fourth is another pair of brothers, St Philip and St James the Less.
St Mary, Saxlingham Nethergate