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Panxworth All Saints (Ruin).
Note: Since 2013, BADCOG is no longer involved in the active management of this site.
The 'Friends Of Panxworth Church' now manage this site.
Grid reference: TG 347 135.
Parish: South Walsham.
Habitats: Scrub and Lowland grassland.
Main conservation interest: Meadow flora.
Conservation status: None.
Management: Managed by BADCOG since 1992.
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 verge.
With the 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.