St Clement, Burnham Overy, Norfolk

St Clement was a large and sprawling cruciform church, begun in the Norman era. The transepts no longer remain, save for for the southern one now used as a vestry. The tower has been lowered and now has an attractive 17th century cupola. The church is now a Grade l listed building.

The interior is unusual. The part below the tower was closed between the Reformation and the revival in Victorian times. While the nave was the church, the chancel had various uses including as a village school. Now reunited by a narrow passageway, there is no way of sitting in the nave and observing what happens in the chancel.

A nave altar has been installed at the east end of the nave.

The nave altar

The nave north wall has a diminutive St Christopher, apparantly wading in Burnham Creek and Norfolk’s only St Christopher wall painting. There is also a powerful King George lll coat of arms with seemingly sexually aroused supporters.

King George lll Royal Coat of Arms

Unusually for Norfolk, the church is set slightly higher than the surrounding countryside on a rare Norfolk hill.