Clippesby Church, painted by John Sell Cotman at the beginning of the 19th century.
Cotman was a leading member of the Norwich School of Artists, counting W. Turner and D. Rosetti among his painting friends. He travelled widely in the county, making etchings of ancient buildings, and painting ships at Great Yarmouth.
This watercolour is privately owned and sadly we cannot reproduce it in colour, but it is clear to see that the entire roof, including the stumpy tower, was thatched.
A tiny Saxon carving, showing a woman with a dove.
Clippesby Church pre 1873. Standing at the top of an incline, it would have been easily visible from the main road.
Clippesby Church interior, pre 1873
A similar view of Clippesby
Church in 1985, now only just visible through the trees.
Clippesby Parish Room
Rev'd Rivett is standing
in the doorway.
(right) By 1985 ~ fallen into
disrepair. Demolished soon
Rev'd Rivett in the doorway
of the Rectory
Clippesby Church in 1946
The Rectory in 1985
Engraving of Clippesby Church by Robert Ladbrooke c.1820
Clippesby Church from the
south as it appeared in 1911
(fewer trees, but a lot of ivy)
photo courtesy Jamie Kenworthy
(note the absence of the
octagonal section of the tower)
The Rectory in December 2014
For colour photos of the roundels see Gallery/ Church interior
Discovery of the Roundel Paintings 1985
The shadowy figure of Mr Edgar Fuller, churchwarden for 25 years, is just visible in the porch.
and a similar view, pre 1950, in which the inscription round the arch can just be seen