Round Tower Churches

Round tower churches are a Saxon and Norman cultural legacy, and feature round, rather than square, towers.  There are about 185 surviving examples in England, of which 162 are in Norfolk and Suffolk.  The reason for the design is shrouded in mystery but is thought to be due to the smaller Flintstone found in East Anglia being more easily fashioned into round towers, rather than making corners.  There are some churches within a few miles of Harleston at RushallNeedhamSylehamThorpe Abbotts and Weybread.  A full list of all churches and more information can be found at the Round Tower Churches Society website.
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Round tower churches are a Saxon and Norman cultural legacy, and feature round, rather than square, towers.  There are about 185 surviving examples in England, of which 162 are in Norfolk and Suffolk.  The reason for the design is shrouded in mystery but is thought to be due to the smaller Flintstone found in East Anglia being more easily fashioned into round towers, rather than making corners.  There are some churches within a few miles of Harleston at Rushall, Needham, Syleham, Thorpe Abbotts and Weybread.  A full list of all churches and more information can be found at the Round Tower Churches Society website.

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