Tuesday, 20 August 2013

A churchless graveyard?

Lost in the ancient Norfolk landscape, is something of a modern looking graveyard that services a church which lies on the opposite side of the Wensum Valley in Norfolk.

The graveyard of that St. Mary's church in Great Ryburgh is a very small walled affair that can no longer be used, yet it's serviceable graveyard lies in a remote part of the Norfolk countryside - how can that be?

This was a question that my camera and I had to find the answer to when I first happened across this isolated, but beautiful spot. And a short explore of the ancient terrain soon revealed the truth - a ruined church, possibly 12th or 13th century, lying like a silent sentinel amongst a crop of trees and headstones.

One wonders if it provides shelter and sanctuary for the souls of the departed.

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