Horsham St Faith

Horsham St Faith

Church of St Mary and St Andrew
Horsham St Faith
 Horsham St Faith shown within Norfolk
OS grid referenceTG216149
Civil parishHorsham St Faith and Newton St Faith
Shire countyNorfolk
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post town NORWICH
Postcode district NR10
Police Norfolk
Fire Norfolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
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Coordinates: 52°41′14″N 1°16′41″E / 52.68721°N 1.27818°E / 52.68721; 1.27818

The ford on the River Hor in the village

Horsham St Faith is a village in Norfolk, England. The village lies close and to the east of the A140 road and is 5 miles (8.0 km) north of Norwich and some 8 miles (12.9 km) south of Aylsham It takes its name from the River Hor, which runs through it on its way from Horsford to Horstead; and a Benedictine priory, founded in honour of St. Faith that, until the dissolution of the monasteries, stood there. It is near Norwich International Airport, which began in 1939 as RAF Horsham St. Faith[1] and home of the City of Norwich Aviation Museum. Administratively it is in the civil parish of Horsham St Faith and Newton St Faith (where the population is included) within the district of Broadland.

It has the remains of a motte and bailey castle, on the Horsford side of the A140 road, reached by following a track to the north of Church Street, which joins Horsford and Horsham St. Faith.

On 17 October from the early 12th century until 1872 it played host to one of the country's largest cattle fairs. This fair was held to the south of Spixworth Road around Bullock Hill and Calf Lane.[2]

At the beginning of the 20th century, the Manor House and the land that in 1939 became RAF Horsham St. Faith, was owned by John Thomas Spurrell, youngest son of Richard James Spurrell, of Thurgarton. Inside the church at Horsham St. Faith there is a memorial to his eldest son, John Francis Brabazon Spurrell, who was killed by buffalo at Kibaya, Tanganyika, in 1927.[3]

The Church of St Mary and St Andrew

The present day church dates back to the 13th century and has undergone many changes. Much of the building was restored in 1873 with a £1400 donation from the Twinings tea family. Of interest inside the church is the rood screen dated 1528 and adorned with 12 panels depicting saints. Also, of note is the elaborate Jacobean font cover.[4] The pulpit is also of note, with painted panels recently restored by the V & A Museum.

The use of the church is shared with the Methodists.

Notable residents

See also


  1. "RAF History". Retrieved 22 June 2009.
  2. The cattle fairs Retrieved 4 March 2010
  3. Eastern Daily Press news report Retrieved 27 December 2010
  4. Norfolk churches Retrieved 18 March 2010

Further reading

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