Photographer's Note

Hello Everyone,

This is the tower and the main door of Salle Church.

It was difficult to photograph because it was raining quite hard and there were large trees obscuring the building from anywhere but this view.

I will tell you some interesting notes about the church but was most eager to show what was inside. Please open the workshop at the end.

You see this church long before you reach it, because of this great tower rising out of the barley fields.
St Peter and St Paul Church is big. This is accentuated by the way in which it stands almost alone with only a couple of Victorian buildings and a cricket pitch for company.

Why so big? These great medieval churches were not of course built for the congregational worship of the Church of England, but for the devotions, processions and sacraments of the medieval Catholic Church. They were paid for by their patrons as acts of piety of course, but also in response to their need for prayers after their deaths. Until the Reformation came along it was assumed that the living and the dead of any English parish were joined in an intimate communion, and that each would be praying for the other. So it was the responsibility of the living to pray for the welfare of the souls of the dead.

For the newly-rich who had benefited from the break-up of the great landed estates in the years after the Black Death, they had to ensure that the peasants of the parishes they left behind, after their deaths, would carry on praying for the souls of these rich overlords? One way was to bequeath big churches and expensive statues saying ('Pray for the Soul of...').

Salle church went up in one long campaign during the 15th century, and benefited from an accident of history, for several very wealthy families owned manors and halls in the parish at the same time. One of the families was the Boleyns, Ann being famous as the second wife of Henry VIII and mother of Elizabeth I. . A steady stream of hefty bequests meant that no expense needed to be spared, and the mighty tower with its vast bell openings was topped with battlements and pinnacles on the very eve of the Reformation. - Churches of Norfolk

Please see a most interesting, internal feature in my workshop.

Kind regards, Bev :-)

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Additional Photos by Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8883 W: 357 N: 20594] (81303)
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