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In this section we hope to be able tell you about anything, which perhaps doesn't fit in the other sections but which may be of interest to you.  It could be about events in the village and its environs; people; amusing happenings; stories of Martham both past and present; interesting photos or just things that catch our attention and which we think you would be interested to know about.

 

These two candles are used on our small nave altar.  Do you recognise the symbol? You will see it on the bottom of each of these pages. It is the symbol of The Virgin Mary; the patron saint of our church.

We are very proud of this model of our church. It was made many years ago by the late Mr Clifford Grimes.

A view of the south side of the churchyard. We have recently had a sign put on the Notice Board, to advise that we have several Commonwealth War Graves in the graveyard. The sign has been attached to the notice board by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission who look after the graves of the servicemen from the World Wars.

(As of September 2018 we are trying to find out about all the men buried in CWGC graves, in our churchyard and about everyone mentioned on our War Memorial.  There are some details below and a file will eventually be placed in the church)

One of our interesting pew ends. They are all carved into various shapes depicting flora and fauna, both real and imaginary.  Some of the pew ends are medieval while many are Victorian.  The medieval ones are described as "poppy heads". "Poppy" is derived from the French word for doll, "poupee".

 

eagle lectern - Copy poppy head pew end

This lectern is described elsewhere on our site.  It is affectionally known as "Henry" to the lady who keeps it polished and looking clean and bright.

The Easter Sepulchre is in the chancel on the north side.

The porch, on the south side of the church with the Parvise Room above. "Parvise" originally meant an open space round a cathedral or church but came to mean a room above a church porch. These rooms were used for various functions, such as Sunday Schools or for occasional accomodation for the priest.

However, in Victorian times our Sunday School was housed in a room, which is halfway up the tower. You can see it during those times when the tower is open; Scarecrow Festival and Martham Fete - weather permitting.

This is where the priest sits to conduct our Sunday services. We are currently researching the origins of the prayer desk; it's dedication reads, “Presented to the Rev W T E Cary by the people of Teeton.  October 1924.”

candles (1) church model - Copy Priest's chair (1) - Copy

                 In Memory Of The Dead Of The Two World Wars

 

There is a notice, in the church, which shows the name of all those who lost their lives in the two World Wars.  These names are read out every year, at the Remembrance Service in November.  These names are: -

 

                                                 1914 - 1918

Frederick Allen                   William Bracey                Arthur Brown

Frederick Brunson             John Brunson                  Leslie Dyball

Lewis Dyball                       Robert Futter                   Harry Garman

Blanche Garman                William Guymer              George Hayton

John Hods                           Leonard Johnson             Ralph Johnson

John Larter                         Henry London                  Leslie London

Elijah Long                          James May                        Ernest Moore

Edmund Nichols                Robert Rivett                     George Sales

Herbert Sims                      Harry Smith                      William Starkings

Alfred Turner                      James Turner                    Edward Utting

George Utting                     Charles Watson                Ernest Watson

George Watson                   Robert Watson                 Maurice Wedge

Herbert Widdick                 Harry Wilkinson               Charles Young

 

                                               1939 - 1945

Cubitt Arms                          Stanley Bean                  Robert Chamberlain

Robert Durrant                    Reginald Frazer              Harry Miller

George Moll                         John Wiseman                Frederick Woodrow

                       Beryl Applegate, aged 12 (air raid victim)

 

             

                     

carpark notice board porch - Copy easter sepulchre #2

Further to the information, above, about those whose names are on our War Memorial and the visit to the grave of Private London, in July 2018: -

 

As a result of the visit to PrivateLondond's grave we decided to research into the Commonwealth War Graves in our churchyard.  We have eleven such graves and we have tried to find out as much as we can about the men.  Eight died as a result of injuries from the First World War and three from the Second.

 

There is too much data for the website but we have prepared a file*, which will be put in the church. The names of the men who are in the churchuard are: -

 

Cubit Armes: died 17th November 1940; aged 28

 

Arthur Brunson: died 12th March 1919: aged 26

 

Alec Coe: died 11th January 194:

 

Robert Durrant: died 20th December 1941: aged 26

 

Lesley London: died 5th July 1918: aged 23

 

Robert Rivett: died 4th January 1916: aged 39

 

George Sales: died 8th April 1919: aged 18

 

Harry Smith: died 1st August 1915: aged 28

 

Alfred Turner: died 20th January 1916: aged 27

 

Redvers Turner: died 26rd September 1918: aged 18

 

Maurice Wedge: died 21st October 1916: aged 2

 

 

Why are these men buried in their home village? The rules of the Commonwealth War Grave Commission were laid down early in the First World War. These were that men had to buried in the country where they fell. Their bodies could not be returned to their homecountry. However, where a man was injured or fell ill and was sent home, then died as result of his injuries, he was buried in his home town/village. The CWGC took responsibilty for the grave stone and its upkeep.

 

*(This is because I am not yet computer savvy enough to put it on the site.)

CWGC RIVETT CWGC A E TURNER CWGC LONDON, WEDGE & RIVETT CWGC SALES

My photgraphic ability is not very good but here is drawing of a boat, which was scratched  onto a pillar in the south east aisle in medieval times.

graffiti boat