The Church

Baconsthorpe is a large, decorated church in a sprawling village in north Norfolk. The Heydon family lived in nearby Baconsthorpe castle and the monument to Sir William and Lady Heydon is one of the most dramatic features of the church. There are also two brass dedicated to Anne Heydon who died in 1561, one showing the lady kneeling and one showing her coat of arms with a breast giving out drops of milk.

The heraldic glass in the windows, marked with the red and white cross of the Heydons is originally from the banqueting hall of the castle.

Elsewhere in the church is a beautiful Easter Sepulchre in the chancel, a roof carved with beasts and angels, and a charming painting of Chanticleer the cockerel on one of the piers singing 'Praise the Lord'.

Our Work

Baconsthorpe is home to a colony of Soprano and Common Pipistrelles that roost mostly at the south end of the church.

The church can largely cope with cleaning but were concerned about damage to some of the monuments.

The Bats In Churches Project worked with the church to provide specialist cleaning advice and help with protection and conservation of the church's brasses and monuments.

Baconsthorpe Case Study

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If you’d like to contact or find out more about the church, visit their page on A Church Near You