Bessingham is the furthest parish from Roughton. It is a small village in a conservation area with a population of around 86 adults and 20 young people. The housing is mainly private housing with buildings of traditional brick and flint.
While this church is dedicated to St Mary, the Virgin, the dedication has varied over the life of the church. For some 150 years, around the time of the Reformation the dedication was changed to St Andrew the Apostle.
It has parts dating from the Saxon era (triangular bell openings) as well as the Norman era (the tower arch). The round tower is probably one of the oldest in the county. The stained-glass windows by Charles Kempe and J Powell & Son are particularly noteworthy. The churchyard is still used for burials and the interment of ashes.
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