A gorgeous little country church, with a thatched roof and a curious west tower that starts off round and ends up octagonal. At the opposite end, St Gregory's has a rounded apse, certainly not unique, but then again, not typical among English medieval churches.
The best feature of the church is the finely carved south door, a wonderful piece of Norman craftsmanship. It is very like the very well known carving at Hales, in the neighbouring parish, so it is not a stretch to suppose that the same person was responsible for the carving at both churches.
A small brass memorial tablet dated 1407 can be found in the nave, and there is a Norman font set upon a four-legged base.
Like the church at Hales, Heckingham St Gregory is no longer used for regular worship and is in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. The fact that both churches are so close makes it easy to visit both together.
About Heckingham, St Gregory's Church
Address: School Lane, Heckingham, Norfolk, England, NR14 6SL
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: 1 mile east of Loddon off the B1136
Website: Heckingham, St Gregory's Church
Churches Conservation Trust
Photo Credit: Bill Sibley, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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