Norfolk round tower church photography by David Woodcock. As a specialist in property photography, I love visiting and photographing round tower churches. In my early days growing up in the County of Norfolk nearly all of the churches were made of flint. So I naturally thought all churches were built that way. When going on holiday in the UK and abroad I soon discovered that they were constructed out of all sorts of materials and that Norfolk churches are quiet special in their construction.
In fact 124 of the churches in Norfolk have round towers and there are only 185 surviving examples in the country. That is an amazing statistic. The big question is why Norfolk has so many? Many were built by the Saxons and the construction could have been something to do with their culture. It has been suggested that corners are difficult to construct in flint but there are many examples of with square towers and most round tower churches have flat walls attached to the tower. Another suggestion is that in areas subject to Viking raids, that they were built as defensive structures. Whatever the reason for their construction round tower churches are very beautiful buildings.
Below are some fine examples in Norfolk.
Bawburgh St Mary and St Walstan
Keswick All Saints
Acle St Edmund in the Broadland Town of Acle
Rollesby St George
I also love to photograph local landscapes. See my superb Norfolk and Suffolk landscapes that look amazing on lounge, bedroom or office walls.