One thing I do keep discovering, though, is the wonderful rich treasure of Norfolk's Churches and I've decided to make a habit of taking pictures of them on my rural cycle rambles to show the variety of these often 1000 year old buildings that are tucked away, often in the middle of nowhere. There are over 800 Churches in Norfolk and I'm indebted to the incredible resource of www.norfolkchurches.co.uk/ and the assiduous work of Simon Knott for the ability to simply spot any Church and look up a well written history.
Here's my first three from a recent trip to Watton:
St Botolph, Stow Bedon:
Stow Bedon is not so much a village as two very small hamlets a mile or so apart, and cycling between them I came across this little gem. Its isolation was presumably less obvious when Stow Bedon was more densely populated but it stands proud on a gentle rolling hill. Some parts date back to the 14th Century but during World War 2 a German bomber returning from the Midlands dropped spare bombs alongside and it lay in ruins. Simon Knott points out that its surprising post-war renovation may have been prompted by the loss of 4 medieval Churches to the adjacent Stanford Battle Area.
All Saints Rocklands
Rocklands is another of those odd groups of villages in the area and spread over several square miles. About half a mile from the nearest habitation, atop a hill and with an air of strange isolation is All Saints Church. It looks well tended and offers a sharp contrast to some of the other Rockland churches which are in ruins.
Holy Cross, Caston
Caston is a much more cohesive village than those surrounding, and boasts a school and the Red Lion Pub. The Church of the Holy Cross is visible from a mile or so away and stands on the village green but right next to a fully operational cattle farm on the other side. The road goes past the unusual West entrance door in ogee-arch shape.