Monday, 11 July 2011

Hales & Heckingham Churches, Norfolk






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  1. The face - flashed upon the window in the last shot - can only be from result of a lightening bolt, with his last expression etched and frozen forever on the glass. I have heard of these things, but never seen them before.

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  2. Yes, you've got it Tom! This is the infamous 'Cast of Thos. Malpurtiance', known locally as, 'The Growling Tom'. In the late 19th century he was famous throughout South Norfolk for "wearing a look as if he carried the weight of the world on his shoulders". It is said that this 'Cast' was indeed the legacy of a lightening strike that 'cooked his goose' (so to speak) in November 1884.

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  3. I left my contenance upon a grubby mattress in a down at heel seaside town many years ago....

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