Cockthorpe, All Saints


All Saints, Cockthorpe is a tiny jewel of a Church which was taken into the care of Norfolk Churches Trust in 1978. The tower and south arcade date from the c1300. The rest of the church was substantially rebuilt in the 15th and 17th Century.Cockthorpe

It sits on the outskirts of Stiffkey on the edge of a World War 2 airfield. It has a wall painting of St Christopher, and an interesting 15th Century font with a Trinity emblem. It is unusual in that it has no windows on the North Side, butCockthorpeFont three clerestory windows over the South Aisle. Perhaps the intention was to put in an aisle but somehow it never got done. Simon Knott (The Norfolk Churches Site) describes the Chancel as a sort of ‘lean-to shed’. It is in sharp contrast to the large churches of nearby Cley and Blakeney in its simplicity.

Find out more about this church on the Norfolk Churches website and the Norfolk Heritage Explorer.