What a little treasure we found on a lovely January day in 2016, I spied St Margaret Church in Stansfield, Norfolk, from the car window, I saw the tower poking out between the trees. Of course husband stopped the car, and his parting words of …..don’t be to long…..hung in the air, as I made my very quick exit from the passenger seat. Walking up the grassy path, my fingers were tightly crossed….please, please be open. Open it was and I was standing in a late Medieval church that had hardly changed since construction. I stood and took in my ancient surroundings, a long narrow aisle-less nave, predominantly an untouched example of Early English style.
The additions are the late Perpendicular style square windows of the nave and the east window of 1864, in an Early English style. As I made my way down the nave, I noticed wonderful primitive late medieval carved pew ends. They just make you smile, thinking about medieval children playing with them during a long drawn out Sunday sermon, hoping not to get caught.
Between the nave and chancel would have been the rood and screen, separating the clergy from the parishioners, the rood (large crucifix on top of the screen) long gone, but a simple Medieval chancel screen remains, but unfortunately the original rood screen panels have been painted over. The panels would have had brightly painted saints adoring the now empty spaces. But look at the last photo of the screens, a little creature escaped and hides in the wooden tracery.
There is a jacobean pulpit with wonderful carvings, a plain octagonal font, with a marvellous wonky cover.
It is thought that the stone quoins on this largely flint building, may date to the Late Saxon or early Norman period, which would make this very special church, even more of a delight.