In this section we hope to be able tell you about anything, which perhaps doesn't fit in the other sections but which may be of interest to you. It could be about events in the village and its environs; people; amusing happenings; stories of Martham both past and present; interesting photos or just things that catch our attention and which we think you would be interested to know about.
These two candles are used on our small nave altar. Do you recognise the symbol? You will see it on the bottom of each of these pages. It is the symbol of The Virgin Mary; the patron saint of our church.
We are very proud of this model of our church. It was made many years ago by the late Mr Clifford Grimes.
A view of the south side of the churchyard. We have recently had a sign put on the Notice Board, to advise that we have several Commonwealth War Graves in the graveyard. The sign has been attached to the notice board by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission who look after the graves of the servicemen from the World Wars.
(As of September 2018 we are trying to find out about all the men buried in CWGC graves, in our churchyard and about everyone mentioned on our War Memorial. There are some details below and a file will eventually be placed in the church)
One of our interesting pew ends. They are all carved into various shapes depicting flora and fauna, both real and imaginary. Some of the pew ends are medieval while many are Victorian. The medieval ones are described as "poppy heads". "Poppy" is derived from the French word for doll, "poupee".
This lectern is described elsewhere on our site. It is affectionally known as "Henry" to the lady who keeps it polished and looking clean and bright.
The Easter Sepulchre is in the chancel on the north side.
The porch, on the south side of the church with the Parvise Room above. "Parvise" originally meant an open space round a cathedral or church but came to mean a room above a church porch. These rooms were used for various functions, such as Sunday Schools or for occasional accomodation for the priest.
However, in Victorian times our Sunday School was housed in a room, which is halfway up the tower. You can see it during those times when the tower is open; Scarecrow Festival and Martham Fete - weather permitting.
This is where the priest sits to conduct our Sunday services. We are currently researching the origins of the prayer desk; it's dedication reads, “Presented to the Rev W T E Cary by the people of Teeton. October 1924.”
In Memory Of The Dead Of The Two World Wars
There is a notice, in the church, which shows the name of all those who lost their lives in the two World Wars. These names are read out every year, at the Remembrance Service in November. These names are: -
1914 - 1918
Frederick Allen William Bracey Arthur Brown
Frederick Brunson John Brunson Leslie Dyball
Lewis Dyball Robert Futter Harry Garman
Blanche Garman William Guymer George Hayton
John Hods Leonard Johnson Ralph Johnson
John Larter Henry London Leslie London
Elijah Long James May Ernest Moore
Edmund Nichols Robert Rivett George Sales
Herbert Sims Harry Smith William Starkings
Alfred Turner James Turner Edward Utting
George Utting Charles Watson Ernest Watson
George Watson Robert Watson Maurice Wedge
Herbert Widdick Harry Wilkinson Charles Young
1939 - 1945
Cubitt Arms Stanley Bean Robert Chamberlain
Robert Durrant Reginald Frazer Harry Miller
George Moll John Wiseman Frederick Woodrow
Beryl Applegate, aged 12 (air raid victim)
Further to the information, above, about those whose names are on our War Memorial and the visit to the grave of Private London, in July 2018: -
As a result of the visit to PrivateLondond's grave we decided to research into the Commonwealth War Graves in our churchyard. We have eleven such graves and we have tried to find out as much as we can about the men. Eight died as a result of injuries from the First World War and three from the Second.
There is too much data for the website but we have prepared a file*, which will be put in the church. The names of the men who are in the churchuard are: -
Cubit Armes: died 17th November 1940; aged 28
Arthur Brunson: died 12th March 1919: aged 26
Alec Coe: died 11th January 194:
Robert Durrant: died 20th December 1941: aged 26
Lesley London: died 5th July 1918: aged 23
Robert Rivett: died 4th January 1916: aged 39
George Sales: died 8th April 1919: aged 18
Harry Smith: died 1st August 1915: aged 28
Alfred Turner: died 20th January 1916: aged 27
Redvers Turner: died 26rd September 1918: aged 18
Maurice Wedge: died 21st October 1916: aged 2
Why are these men buried in their home village? The rules of the Commonwealth War Grave Commission were laid down early in the First World War. These were that men had to buried in the country where they fell. Their bodies could not be returned to their homecountry. However, where a man was injured or fell ill and was sent home, then died as result of his injuries, he was buried in his home town/village. The CWGC took responsibilty for the grave stone and its upkeep.
*(This is because I am not yet computer savvy enough to put it on the site.)
My photgraphic ability is not very good but here is drawing of a boat, which was scratched onto a pillar in the south east aisle in medieval times.