When the small Norfolk parishes of Fulmodeston and Croxton were merged during the 1880s, a new church was built to serve the wider congregation. St Mary’s church in Fulmodeston and Croxton’s St John the Baptist chapel were thus abandoned, but their haunting ruins can still be seen, hiding beneath a wall of ivy and providing a refuge for owls and foxes.
These images by photographer Jon Ellis show a sturdy 14th century structure devoid of its roof but otherwise intact. Derelict for over a century, St Mary’s tower stands wrapped in ivy which has overcome much of the nave. Some headstones remain upright while others have fallen within a graveyard so overgrown that passers-by might easily miss it.
Now a haven for foxes and tawny owls, the abandoned church‘s concealed location and ornate stone work make for a haunting presence in parish of Fulmodeston-cum-Croxton. (Images courtesy of Jon Ellis. Be sure to check out Jon’s website and blog.