Forncett St Peter fun facts – we’ll tell you more as time goes by
Anastasia Moskvina, Historic Church Building Support Officer, Diocese of Norwich
Come and see the Pews It is very easy to have a quick look around St Peter’s church, noticing the welcoming atmosphere and enjoying a sense of timelessness before you leave, but if you pay attention, you can spend hours just studying the pew ends! They were carved in the 15th-century and heavily restored in the 19th-century, representing Saints and Apostles (St Peter and St Paul, to whom the church is dedicated, are here), as well as the Seven Sacraments of the Church (look for Extreme Unction, which involves anointing and comforting the dying), personifications of trades and occupations (such as the huntsman with his falcon) and the Deadly Sins: can you find the greedy miser with his coin box and a surprisingly friendly-looking devil at his feet? There are puzzling figures here too: for example, can anyone guess who the lady in a little house is – is she a medieval hermit in her little cell? Some of the figures look new and shiny, and others appear to have been damaged. This means that the former are likely a result of Victorian restoration and the latter are medieval and either got damaged naturally over time or were mutilated deliberately after the Reformation, when imagery in the church was considered unacceptable.
The church is open every day if you would like to see for yourself.