All Saints Day is remembered in the old Celtic Calendar B.C. and is based on the agricultural and pastoral year beginning on 1st November.
The chancel of the present church dates back to the 12th century and was consecrated by the Bishop around 1307 but construction took a further 200 years to complete.
The 19th century topping- off of the tower was so well done that it appears as if a huge church has been built against a small tower. In fact, the top collapsed in the 18th century, and has been truncated to create the church that you see today.
A sign at the back of the church, recording a now-lost inscription on the tower, remembers the alterations and monies paid for the work:
"This church was built, in it God to adore,
and ought to have been repaired long before.
By which neglect, we did great sums expend.
Then let successors look in time to mend,
For if decays they early don't (sic) prevent,
they will, like us, when 'tis too late, repent."
When the nave was rebuilt in the late 15th century it was already an aisled church. The east windows of the two aisles are older than the nave, and the east end of the new arcades falls short of the wide chancel arch, leaving an earlier arch on the south side which is little more than a large doorway.
All Saints church retains its recently restored and reinstated roodscreen and dado which depicts the eleven disciples and St Paul.
In the north aisle, a memorial recalls two Norfolk tragedies among many during the Second World War. Twenty-eight American servicemen lost their lives in two separate mid-air collisions over Carleton Rode in 1944 and 1945.
If you would like to find out more about the history of the Church or Carleton Rode please contact Carleton Rode History Group on www.carletonrodehistorygroup.co.uk or email [email protected]
Interested in genealogy or finding out whether any of your relations are buried in the Carleton Rode All Saints Church please click on the link below to find a complete list of burial records.
Below is a link to Family Search Org which details copies of all monumental inscription for parishes in Norfolkf