The Parish Churches of Ranworth with Panxworth,
South Walsham, Upton and Woodbastwick

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The Parishesí rood screens

The painted rood screen in St Helenís Ranworth dates from the early 1400s. The Great Rood that was once above the screen was destroyed in the Reformation

The painted rood screen in St Helenís Ranworth dates from the early 1400s. The Great Rood that was once above the screen was destroyed in the Reformation

The Rood (from the Anglo-Saxon for cross) is a large crucifix usually placed above the entrance to the choir in medieval churches. Some were very large, carved richly in wood and painted or gilded. By the 13th or 14th centuries, the great rood had become a feature of almost every church. The rood, however, was often eclipsed by the screen over which it was placed.

Paintings of apostles and saints including St George and St Michael both slaying dragons, survive on the screen in St Helen’s Ranworth and in St Margaret’s Upton, only women are portrayed.