The inland Norfolk village of Little Barningham is
located some five miles south of the seaside resort of Sherringham.
Little Barningham is defended by a maze of lanes whose
banks are thick in spring with primroses and
celandines. A green path snakes up to the church
of St. Andrew perched on a hill, inside the church is
one of the villages strange inhabitants.
He stands on the corner on an ancient box pew and in his
bony hands is a scythe and an hour glass. Carved from
wood with a toothy grin, he greets the ecclesiastical
visitor. He was given to the church by Stephen
Crosbee a resident of Little Barningham in 1640 who for
good measure added an inscription "All you that doe this
pace pass by, as you are nowe even so was I, remember
death for you must dye, and as I am soe shall you be,
prepare therefore to follow me"' and on a pew closeby by
the same Mr. Crosbee ' For couples joynd in wedlock and
my friends that stranger is, this seat did I intend'.
Looking down from the vantage point of the church, the
village of Little Barningham is a pleasant jumble of red
bricked cottages with neatly ordered hedges.
For local shops and inns visit the village of Aldborough with its seven
acre village green and a heritage that can be traced
back to the 1500s. Or for basic holiday provisions and a
good village pub and restaurant then the village of Itteringham, which is
less than 2 miles away.
Beautiful gardens with a lake, trees
and shrubs surround a medieval moated manor house at
Here you will find a wonderful Heritage Rose Garden with
a display of hundreds of different roses.