Brant’s Tun. - According to Dr.
place-names expert, this was
of a local leader
named Brant, some
in the Dark Ages. I was sorry
to find that
the little church
in the main
list of Norfolk
It is relegated to the section on
"Churches of Minor Interest",
Haveringland, Felthorpe, Great
1845 Directory of Norfolk
of recent "thorough
also mentions a former
St. Swithin, which one
the same churchyard.
to the short, round tower,
which gives the
appearance. For most
year the church is concealed
on the trees
which surround it; only in
can the grey walls
by passers by,
half hidden by the
ride must have missed
for only those equipped
with a map are likely to discover it.
Farm, the Hall with its lovely gardens, and
Cottages beyond, forming a community
in this remote
corner of Norfolk,
with its own character, its own beauty, and its
own share of history.
Although the road leading in from
Gibbs Palmers is blessed
a few ageing
"cats' eyes", the other approaches
are narrow byways,
with the odd tuft of grass growing down the middle - a feature which
intrigued our American visitors last year!
The lane which leads from Barn Cottages wind
between high banks
in places, where violets and other wild flowers abound. In one spot
there is a lovely patch of blue dwarf periwinkle - "Vinca Minor" if you
buy it at.
the Garden Centre! This is a reminder of the cottage gardens that
bordered this little road long ago.
Hall this road is often flooded in
winter, as we found
January day. After a morning of freezing fog the sun came out,
and as we man-handled our bikes along the muddy verge to avoid the water
we spotted a grey squirrel
above us. It was hurrying back and forth among the top branches of the
trees in the Hall grounds - a cheering sight on a wintry day, and surely
with that peaceful locality.
From the Parish magazine September 1989.