All Saints (Ruin).
reference: TG 347
Parish: South Walsham.
Habitats: Scrub and Lowland
conservation interest: Meadow flora.
Managed by BADCOG since
Location: The ruin of Panxworth Church is located to
the North of Panxworth, on the Panxworth to Ranworth road.
How to get there: The church ruin (tower only) is easily
accessible by car. From South Walsham,
travel west on the B1140 heading towards Salhouse. At Panxworth, rather than continue straight
on towards Salhouse, turn right (North) towards Ranworth and the ruin is
approx: 200m further on the right-hand side.
Parking: Limited parking is available on the left-hand
exception of a small number of graves, the whole site is managed by
BADCOG. The site can be separated into
two areas, the first approx: 25m2 consists of rough grassland, whilst the rest
of the site, 3/4 of it, is made up of woodland.
The whole site is surrounded by a well established hedge and arable
farmland. An annual work-party takes
place in the autumn, when the rough grassland area is cut, raked and cleared,
and 1/4 of the woodland is kept clear of brambles and other shrubs. The rest of the site is unmanaged, but
monitored. There is little interest in
the way of flora, other than a spectacular display of primroses in the spring,
along with some bluebells. The mixed
woodland and rough grassland offers an excellent habitat for birds and other
wildlife and there have been signs that owls use the tower as either a nesting
site or as a roost.
In 2005 the
tower suffered a lightning strike, resulting in some structural damage. Consequently, a large section of the
grassland area was fenced off, restricting BADCOG’s access. A decision is pending on whether the tower
will need to be demolished because it is unsafe.
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Below: November 2010. Below: December 2011.