St Andrews Church

Phyllis Smith

Sad news that Honingham’s oldest resident has died.

Janice and Trevor say that it was a happy release for her and the family. On her death certificate the reason was old age which does not happen often. The funeral will be on November 3rd at Saint Andrews Honingham at 10 30 then family cremation at Earlham. Phyllis was 101 years old.

Honingham & Tuddenham – 1963 film

We are grateful to Mrs Sapey for sending us this link to a lovely film about the vicar for the area made in 1963. Fascinating glimpses of the villages, the churches, Honingham Hall, Mr Baldwin, the school, and residents.

Hope you all enjoy it as much as we did. Click on the link below

St Andrew Church in 1910


Lych Gate

Memories of the Church’s Lych Gate

Lych Gate


The word Lych is an Old English or Saxon word for corpse. In the Middle Ages when most people were buried in a shroud rather than a coffin, the dead were carried to the lych gate and placed on a bier, where the priest conducted the first part of the funeral service under its temporary shelter.

The gateway was really part of the church. It was where the clergy met the corpse and the bier rested while part of the service was read. It also served to shelter the pall bearers while the bier was brought from the church.


Most were built around the mid-15th century, although some were earlier. Traditionally in some areas at the end of a wedding service as the bride & groom leave the church the gates are closed (or roped off) by the local children, and the couple have to pay them to let them pass! (acknowledgement to wikipedia for these comments)

WW1 Memorial in the Church