ELSING   Population 260

- Lies in the Wensum Valley and has three distinct settlement areas; Elsing centre, Mill St. and Peaseland Green.

 

St Mary’s church, Grade I listed, built by Sir Hugh Hastings, c.1340 is one of the finest examples of the Decorated Period in Norfolk. The pillar-less nave, at nearly 40ft is one of the widest of any parish church.
The Octagonal font has a remarkable canopy with pinnacled buttresses and is thought to be the oldest of its kind in existence.                                                                                          
Figures in the stained glass windows date from the 14thC.

A magnificent brass to the founder, who died in 1347, shows small representations of some of his pallbearers, including Edward III, on either side of the armoured figure.

 

 

There is a former mill by the river, a pub and a fine new village hall close to the church. A Millenium Walk was designed in 2000 and takes a figure of eight around the village of approx. 5 miles.  Elsing Hall on the outskirts is a picturesque timbered mansion. The gardens are sometimes open to the public at the weekend during the summer. There is a village cricket pitch at the Hall.

 

 

See also  http://www.norfolkchurches.co.uk/elsing/elsing.htm