Photographer: Payne Jennings, John (1843-1926)
Medium: Photographic print
“Ranworth. – Is a pretty, rustic village, with nothing whatever of the modern about it, either in architecture, aspect or manners. All are rural, quaint, quiet and decorous. The glory of the village is the church, perched upon an eminence above the village and Broad, while the glory of the church is its XV. Century painted screen. This venerable oaken relic of Catholic England was erected about 1490, and is said to contain the finest paintings of saints in the county. The drawing and colouring of the figures (especially of the faces which shew great character) is worthy of the time in which they were executed, especially when we consider that Art Schools or Schools of Art Anatomy had not then been thought of. The reading desk (XVI. Century), and fine peal of bells, some of them nearly 300 years old, should also be noticed.”
Letterpress description by Ernest R. Suffling accompanying Plate XVII from ‘Sun Pictures of the Norfolk Broads’.