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Bassingham
 
Bassingham, High Street
Bassingham, High Street
Bassingham, High Street

The little cottage on the left was a shop for many years. The first owner in the 20th century was Elsam, then Steel (circa 1922) and finally George and Blanche Bates (circa 1938).  Mrs.Bates closed the shop with the introduction of VAT.

The building is on High Street, Bassingham, close to the school, the War Memorial, the Church and the Old Rectory (now a Nursing Home.)  Being a 'sweet shop' it was a popular place with the children.

In the distance is the blacksmith’s with horses waiting on the road.

This is one of the older parts of the village. When the photograph was taken Martin’s stackyard was on the other side of the road.

Post card, c.1925
Notes from Mrs Helen Ash

Bassingham, shop, Steel
Bassingham, Methodist Chapel
Bassingham, Methodist Chapel
Bassingham, Methodist Chapel

The chapel at Bassingham was built for the Wesleyan Methodists in 1839.

It is unexpectedly large (500 'sittings') for a village with a population below 1000.

August 2016

Bassingham, Methodist Chapel, Wesleyan
Bassingham, St Michael
Bassingham, St Michael
Bassingham, St Michael

The church of St. Michael in Bassingham has a Norman nave and an early fourteenth century chancel.

The embattled clerestory is of the Perpendicular period, with quatrefoiled parapet, gargoyles and pinnacles.

Mark Acton, 2008

Bassingham, St Michael church, Norman
Bassingham, St Michael
Bassingham, St Michael
Bassingham, St Michael

The same view of St Michael's Church from the south-east, this time in the Summer.

August 2016

Bassingham, St Michael
Bassingham, St Michael
Bassingham, St Michael
Bassingham, St Michael

St Michael's tower was rebuilt by Thomas Bell in 1782 and incorporated a small 11th century window in the north side.

The single-light, shafted bell-openings are Early English.

August 2016

Bassingham, St Michael church, bell openings
Bassingham, St Michael, capital
Bassingham, St Michael, capital
Bassingham, St Michael, capital

The Early English north arcade was rebuilt by J H Hakewill* in 1860.

This scalloped capital on a round pier shows two successive arches. The one on the left has an authentic zig-zag decoration; the other is more likely an invention of Hakewill.

August 2016

* John Henry Hakewill (1810-1880) was an architect whose best known works are in Suffolk

Bassingham, St Michael, capital, J H Hakewill
Bassingham, St Michael, interior
Bassingham, St Michael, interior
Bassingham, St Michael, interior

The north arcade (to the left) is essentially Norman - though heavily restored in 1860 by J H Hakewill.

The south arcade (to the right) is of similar date (piers and capitals) but the arches are later.

Pevsner is dismissive of Hakewill's chancel arch.

August 2016

Bassingham, St Michael, interior
Bassingham, windmill
Bassingham, windmill
Bassingham, windmill

This post mill was reputedly built by the Worsdall family in the 18th century. It worked until circa 1900 and was demolished in 1914.

Postcard mailed from Bassingham in 1906

Bassingham, post mill Worsdall family