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

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Saints Fabian and Sebastian, Woodbastwick

This charming medieval church in the quiet village of Woodbastwick is built from local flint and thatched with Phragmites reed from the Norfolk Broads. A priest has been in charge here since 1311. In the 19th century, much of the building was restored by the famous architect Sir George Gilbert Scott who designed the Albert Memorial in London. The work that finished in 1878 was paid for by the Cator family, patrons of the church. Behind the pulpit is a memorial to Elizabeth Cator who was bridesmaid to Queen Elizabeth the Queen mother and later became her sister-in-law on marriage to Michael Bowes-Lyon, Earl of Strathmore. Much of the Church interior is Victorian. The church’s glorious stained glass shows scenes from the life of Christ and the panel painting at the back of the altar depicts the wise men giving their gifts to Jesus at Epiphany. A wooden screen carved in the late Thirteenth Century separates the nave from the chancel. A rood figure of Christ, carved from a single piece of wood, hangs above the screen reminding us his self giving, sacrificial love.

Dates for your diary

THE WOODBASTWICK FESTIVAL

WILL BE HELD ON
JUNE 9, 10 & 11 2017
TO INCLUDE

A CELEBRATION OF FLOWERS IN THE CHURCH
ART EXHIBITION IN THE VILLAGE HALL
CREAM TEAS ON THE GREEN

AMPLE CAR PARKING AVAILABLE
TOILET FACILITIES
TICKETS £5 TO INCLUDE EVERYTHING

ART EXHIBITORS WELCOME – ENTRY FORM
AVAILABLE FROM 01508 493638

Saints Fabian and Sebastian, Woodbastwick - click for larger image

 

Panel from the Life of Christ windows in Woodbastwick Church - click for larger image

Panel from the Life of Christ windows in Woodbastwick Church