Weston Longville with Morton-On-The-Hill
The village of Morton-on-the-Hill consists largely of the Morton Hall estate together with a few houses on both sides of the Fakenham Road and along The Street, to the north. With a population of around 85 Morton is one of our smaller parishes. The church of St Margaret’s was used frequently up until Easter Sunday 1959 when the tower collapsed.
The church remained unrepaired for twenty years until the Norfolk Churches Trust, assisted by Lady Anne Price and volunteers worked together to repair the main body of the church, leaving the ruined tower outside. Although the church is no longer used for regular worship, occasional services and concerts are held there.
Weston Longville has a population of around 300 and has a village hall, the Hall for All which it shares with Morton and Attlebridge, and a pub, The Parson Woodforde which is named after the church’s most famous incumbent(1774 -1803), Rev’d James Woodforde. Parson Woodforde’s diaries, diligently kept for 45 years, give a fascinating insight into rural life at the end of the eighteenth century. An historical treasure that is as popular today as ever. The Parson Woodforde Society still maintains strong links with the village and the church.
All Saint’s is a mainly 14th century building with a 13th century tower which houses 6 church bells. The church also retains many beautiful medieval frescoes on the walls including what appears to be a Jesse Tree and St John the Baptist and St John the Evangelist as well as an impressive Apostles Creed screen.
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Our church buildings in the Reepham and Wensum Valley Benefice are as individual as those who have worshipped in them for hundreds of years. They each hold many interesting social and historical artefacts as well as providing spaces for peace, worship and celebration for the communities they serve today. Below are links to The Norfolk Churches website which will provide you with a taster of what you may find when you visit us.
Click here for Simon Knott’s report on All Saint’s, Weston Longville on the Norfolk Churches website.
Chris Richmond is undertaking an amazing project “Church Bells of Norfolk” to capture the sounds of all the ringable bells in Norfolk’s fine historic churches. Chris has been visiting towers across the county since 2018 to record each bell in each tower. These sounds have then been uploaded to his archive and their sound preserved for future generations. His online archive and more about the project can be found here
The bells of All Saints, Weston Longville can be heard here
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