All Saints is an interesting church, dating mainly from the 14th Century, with some 15th Century windows. The building consists of a west tower, nave, chancel and south porch. Building materials are flint, brick and stone, with an unusual amount of conglomerate material. The exact dating of individual parts of the church is made difficult by rebuilding work in the 17th Century, and by several restorations in the 19th and 20th centuries. Inside, there is a medieval font, several memorials, and nave benches that originally came from Beckham Workhouse Chapel.
Grassland and hedgerow.
This historic churchyard is surrounded by native hedging, with species such as hawthorn, field maple, holly and blackthorn, and mature oak trees. There is a short avenue of mature lime trees flanking the path to the porch.
Wildflowers present in the churchyard include meadow saxifrage, pignut, Lady’s bedstraw, knapweed, early purple orchid and germander speedwell. There is an area of older gravestones to the west of the church, where the grass is left longer to encourage wildflowers in summer, and this is the most species diverse area.
Best time to visit
Springtime for planted garden bulbs such as daffodils and bluebells. Early-midsummer for the majority of wildflower species in the churchyard. The early purple orchids are at their best from April to June.
All Saints Bodham is a member of the Weybourne group of churches. For more information, see their joint website:
Can people get involved in managing the site?
Please contact the churchwardens for details about helping with practical work in the churchyard. (www.dioceseofnorwich.org/about/contact/person/