“Any idea what it might be?” - Rector uncovers mystery ruin

12th May 2021

Reverend Steve Deall, of St Nicholas Church in Bradwell, is hoping to find out the origins of the remains of a stone wall he uncovered in the churchyard. Daniel Hickey, Great Yarmouth Mercury, reports – photo credit: submitted

Is it a well? An ice-house? A gunnery from the Second World War?
When Reverend Steve Deall, Rector at St Nicholas Church in Bradwell, was cutting back the overgrowth around the 700-year-old building's yard last month, he inadvertently uncovered what appeared to be the ruins of a horseshoe-shaped wall
But what the structure was for, he doesn't know


A horseshoe-shaped ruin found in the grounds of St Nicholas Church in Bradwell – photo credit: submitted

The vicar, who moved with his wife Sara to Norfolk last July, said: "Over the last nine months we've been cleaning up the churchyard. And it was when I was clearing some stuff away, I found the start of a curving wall
"We've had different suggestions from people as to what it could be. But I think without somebody coming from an archaeological trust, we're not going to find out
"But it's been a brilliant talking-point" he added
The reverend, who was a policeman for 25 years in Staffordshire, has enjoyed whetting his detective's nose again on the possible origins of the structure
"I'm like a dog with a bone once we get an investigation started" he said
Whether or not the case is closed, the plan for the enclosure is to eventually turn it into a fernery
"This is part of a bigger plan, to try to get people to have a bit of pride in the church" said Revd Deall
He hopes to introduce more wildlife into the grounds surrounding the church, the tower of which is more than one thousand years old
"We're trying to get people into the churchyard. We'd like people to come and have a look around" he said

this article also appeared on the Great Yarmouth Mercury website 


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