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Holy Trinity, Marham
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Otherwise, the church is largely a result of the local farming wealth of the 14th and 15th centuries, and you step into an interior which still speaks of that period. The arcade which separates the nave from the south aisle is from towards the end of this period, while the font is a fairly spectacular example of the early 14th Century, its panels depicting a variety of Decorated tracery.
On the other side of the great Reformation divide is one of Norfolk's best sets of James I royal arms, curiously placed inside the north wall of the tower, where many people must miss it.
There is a most curious sight at the east end of the south aisle. As the Tudor period ended, and the puritans began their rise to power under the early Stuart kings, there is a rapid deterioration in the quality and style of English memorials, a result perhaps of puritan suspicion of the vanity of art and education. In 1604, John Steward and his wife were buried here under what looks like half of a fairly monstrous six-poster bed, their sleeping effigies watched over by a maudlin lion and garishly recoloured in recent years. Folding chairs and a large display screen had been stacked against it, as if the parish were faintly embarrassed by it, and perhaps no wonder. We put them back carefully after photographing the thing.
Simon Knott, September 2009
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