St Peter’s Church

Brampton Church c. 1845 by Frederick Sandys (Norwich Castle Museum collection)St Peter’s Church, Brampton sits on a prominent position at the north-east end of the village. It overlooks an arc of the River Bure as it crosses into the neighbouring parish of Burgh-Next-Aylsham.

Priest in Charge: The Revd David Hagan-Palmer

The Beeches, Brook Street
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Brief architectural description of the Church:

The round tower dates back to late Norman times (1066-1088) and was enhanced in the  1480’s to 1520’s by the addition of a brick belfry of octagonal form.  If you look closely
at this section you can make out some decoration with a criss-cross pattern of blue bricks amongst the reddish-brown ones.

The round tower has it’s flat side against the nave, this indicates that the nave was built first. The thickness of tower walls seems to indicate that the tower may have Saxon origins. Only after the Norman Conquest did cut stone from local quarries become readily available and them it needed to be transported by water.

The tower is in line with the chancel indicating that the original church was long and narrow – perhaps there was limited supply of timber of good length in the locality.

The four belfry windows have plain and simple “Y” shaped tracery [and flat four centred arches] In the Norman part of the tower spot the use of brown conglomerate stone as well as flint. Conglomerate is relatively uncommon around here. If you look closely, you may also be able to spot some reclaimed Roman tiles in the masonry. As usual not much goes to waste.  Just around to the north west corner of the nave are some roughly dressed stone blocks dating from the original Norman part of the church.

7 Responses to St Peter’s Church

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  2. James Blake says:

    I find it oddly strange that one can never find the post district of most of these beautiful Round tower church’s no matter how far one looks for them why is so there are a lot of people out there who would just love to visit them if one could find out why it’s makes so hard to do so.

  3. Jean says:

    Visited today. It was closed and showed no signs of being active. Outside is worth a look.

    • stuartwilson says:

      It is active and normally open. Services are not as frequent as they used to be but they are still held

  4. Dave Goldsmith says:

    visited this church today, it is open, sat in the sun and had our lunch at the end of a circular walk, some interesting names and dates on well reserved gravestone s in the church yard, well worth a visit.

    • marklittle says:

      Glad you enjoyed your visit Dave. There is something special about the peace of Brampton churchyard. Especially in this fine late September. Remember to come back to see the wealth of daffodils in the Spring. Mark.

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