Recent tour of Elsing and Swanton Morley churches lead by Justin Nolan

Sunday July 9th saw the second of the Trust’s private guided tours for 2023,  ‘There were giants in the earth in those days’: The Hastings of Elsing and the Morleys of Swanton and their churches.

This sold-out tour was led by Justin Nolan (pictured above), who as former Head of History of Art at Eton College, and a Norfolk resident, gave his unique insight into these two churches and their place in our county’s past.  Justin demonstrated how the churches of All Saints Swanton Morley, and St Mary Elsing, were both built by ambitious families who created a powerbase in rural Norfolk.

Justin uses his historical knowledge to illustrate how by delving into social history, one can demonstrate how much this affected the fabric of the buildings where people worshiped and provide an understanding of the role that these churches played in Norfolk life.

The feedback from those who attended was very complimentary, not only of the informative and interesting tour provided by our host, but also the delicious tea provided by the PCC at Elsing.

There is one last chance this year to catch one of these exclusive and thought-provoking tours.   

Behold I am making all things new”: The rise of new families at Salle and Cawston will be taking place on Saturday 23rd September.

This tour, which is being repeated by popular demand, takes in the churches of Saint Peter and St Paul, Salle, and that of St Agnes, Cawston, churches in the words of Sir Nikolaus Pevsner, that “deserve in every respect to be examined closely.”

Places are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment  –

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