Hanworth with Gunton

The major part of the parish which is combined with Gunton, lies within a conservation area and it is split by the A140.  Hanworth is unusual, its houses standing around a large grazed common; many of them holiday cottages or second homes. 

 

The church is dedicated to St Bartholomew.  It was all rebuilt in the early 15th century Perpendicular period which gave it a splendid square tower.  It replaced a smaller Norman church.  The tower still has its ring of bells on an ancient bell-frames (a rare survival).  In the nave, black-marble leger slabs are a memorial to the Doughty family of the Hall.  The churchyard is still used for burials and the interment of ashes.

 

The congregation is drawn from the local villages as well as visitors who are attracted to this church which has no electricity.  While that causes restrictions, we enjoy a pipe organ whose bellows have to be pumped.

The parishes of Hanworth and Gunton have been combined into one congregation, the church of St Andrew, Gunton being used 3 times a year at Christmas, Easter and Harvest.

 

Hanworth

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