Paston – St. Margaret’s Church (Chest)

Most churches would have had a chest, or hutch, such as this in order to store their parish documents and any valuables. Not many survive in situ, so this is quite marvellous, with this one dating back at least 600 years. Fortunately, the documents, which date back to 1538, have now been moved to the wonderful Norfolk Record Office, so they’re safe and sound.

Unfortunately, the current health issue means that it has red and white tape attached to it to try and keep visitors in limited areas, but this is all now part of the long history of this chest. That this chest has survived for 600 years, with no-one pinching it or damaging it, is remarkable, as is that it has never been caught up in a fire or other disaster. A rather lovely item to see.