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Wiggenhall Churches Day School and Tour
Sat 1 April 2017, 10:30 – 16:00 BST
The churches of the Wiggenhalls form the perfect subjects for this day school. All four churches are relatively unrestored and have a wealth of features to explore, not least some fantastic pew-end carvings and other furnishings, carved corbels, two medieval painted rood screens - one of them particularly superb, medieval stained glass, a grandiose memorial covered in graffiti, and, outdoors, a range of architectural styles and fascinating churchyards. With two of the churches still in use, one redundant and in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust, and one a ruin, these magnificent buildings should provide stimulating conversation between attendees on the day. The day is particularly aimed at those who would like to improve their knowledge of Norfolk's medieval churches.
10am - please arrive at Wiggenhall St Germans between 10am and 10.30am. We will start the day with talks and an exploration of this church
10.30am - John and Ian will give two introductory talks about Norfolk's medieval churches - those still in use, those now redundant and those in ruins or missing entirely. During the day school you will also discover how the use of churches changed over time and the importance of patronage to the way churches looked, how to recognise signs of church alteration due to population fluctuation, and the church in relation to its village and wider landscape
11.30am - tour of Wiggenhall St Germans church (still in use)
12pm - depart for Wiggenhall St Peter church (ruined) for a tour commencing at 12.15pm
12.45pm - drive to Watlington for pub lunch (not included in price) and further discussion
2pm - depart for Wiggenhall St Mary Magdalene church (still in use) for a tour commencing at 2.15pm
2.45pm - depart for Wiggenhall St Mary the Virgin church (redundant) for a tour commencing at 3pm. There will be plenty of time for discussion and any final questions while at this church
4pm - return to Wiggenhall St Germans to retrieve cars and leave for home.
WHAT TO BRING:
Packed lunch if you would prefer not to have a pub lunch (please let us know as we will need to give numbers to the pub), waterproofs / umbrella, a flask of tea or coffee for later in the day, stout footwear, pen and paper, plus lots of enthusiasm and a camera!
Anyone without transport could be picked up at Watlington Station at 10.15am.
This day school will involve the need to car share and we would appreciate your co-operation in minimising the amout of traffic at each site. The churches we will be visiting are all no more than a few minutes' drive from each other.
There will be a small amount of walking involved to access each church. Churchyards, and the interior and exterior of church ruins, by their very nature are not flat. Please take special care when walking through these areas as the organisers cannot accept any liability for trips, slips and other personal injuries.
In the event of bad weather, as the ruin at Wiggenhall St Peter is unroofed this visit will be replaced by a discussion about church ruins and this church in particular.
Due to costs, we will not be able to run the event with less than 10 participants. So, please get sharing on Facebook and Twitter!