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Mautby

Mautby is a small village which lies five miles north-west of Great Yarmouth. It is situated just above the flood plain of the River Bure.

The remains of Margaret Paston (one of the writers of the Paston Letters)   were buried in the south aisle of St. Peter and St. Paul Church. However, this part of the church fell into disrepair and was removed during Victorian times. Her remains, therefore, now lie outside of the church - but the exact spot is not marked.

Mautby Church

St. Peter and St. Paul at Mautby

Margaret's maiden name was Mauteby and she was brought up at nearby Mautby Hall. The hall lies about a mile from the Paston stronghold of Caister Castle. One of her ancestors, Sir Walter de Mauteby, has a tomb in the church - located close to the lectern. However the stone work is now badly damaged. Margaret left written instructions that her body should be buried:
 

'in the ele of that church at Mawteby, byfore the ymage of Our Lady there; in which ele the bodies of divers myn auncestres, whose sowles God assoile'.


The church has a thatched roof, a round tower and a 15th-century font. It also has a remarkable 20th-century stained glass showing St. Thomas Aquinas saying Mass and St. Clare with a monstance.

See also Oxnead and Paston.
 

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