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St. James the Great Church (Castle Acre)

St. James the Great Church is the parish church of the historic village of Castle Acre in Norfolk.

It is situated at the end of the Village Green, which has the local name Stocks Green, and thus stands between the impressive ramparts of the castle and the precinct of the priory.

The church is Perpendicular and built largely of flint. There is a high Norman arch on the South chancel wall above a Gothic door. This was apparently to allow knights in armour to ride into church to receive a blessing before going to battle.

St. James has a wonderful painted rood screen and hexagonal wine glass pulpit, both dating from the 15th century.

The church also contains a map showing pilgrims the way from here to the shrine of St. James at Compostela.

The churchyard runs down to the ruins of the priory.

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