EDP Norfolk - - Art On Show -

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

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