SPARHAM – population 295

 

Sparham is situated 10 miles northwest of Norwich just off the Fakenham road, and has fine views over the Wensum Valley. It has a mixture of old  and new housing. There is a Residential Care Home, a fine Meeting Room (the Old Schoolroom), and a local fuel merchant. Sparham is also located half a mile from Blackwater livery and equestrian centre with cross country facilities.

 

Within the parish but nearer to Lyng is a fine nature reserve called Sparham Pools. Former gravel workings, they are now a protected reserve for birds and wildlife.

 

 

 

 

 

 

St Mary the Virgin   church is early 14C and is Grade I listed

The chancel side windows and priest’s doorway demonstrate the date. 

The arcades inside are of four bays.  The widths of the arches vary curiously but this is explained by the fact they were altered when the roof was raised. Clearly there were five bays originally, because the two which are equal together cover two-fifths of the nave. The early 14C building also had a clerestory.

On the dado of the Screen, apart from the Saints, there are scenes from the Dance of Death, rare and interesting.

Many of the bench ends have poppy-heads. 

Organ case Gothic, probably of c.1800.  Chalice, Norwich 1567.

There is a brass to William Mustarder, Rector c.1490.

 

 

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