We have been away for a few days, down on the south coast and London, hence the lack of posts, not enough time. But back to normal, or as normal as it gets, to carry on with a few more churches from the archives. We visited St Lawrence in 2016, a wonderful thatched, basically Norman Church, although the Victorians did their best to change the interior in 1877, but not quite succeeding. The church origins go back to the late Saxon period (circa 1000AD) but the nave, with original north and south doorways, remain, giving the overall feel of a Norman Church. The chancel was added in 1240 and the splendid church tower in the 14t century.
The interior is long and narrow, with a beautiful Medieval roof. Luckily on the day of our visit the sun shone and the light filled the church with a rose tint, I think the light bounced of the roof and the red tiled floor, it looked beautiful.
There are 24 15th century benches carved with tracery and poppyheads but the octagonal font of the same date, has been defaced and is in a sorry state compared to some of the others that I have seen locally.
The pulpit is 17th century and has been reduced from a triple decker.
As I made my way up the chancel, I suddenly noticed a painting on the wall. Looking closer I recognised St Michael painted on two boards, acting as a door to the Rood stairs. It is possible that the door, if it is the correct door to the stairs, is 15th century, and it is remarkable that it had survived. I should think it was plastered and painted over, so the Victoria restoration was not all bad, as they would have found it when uncovering the door to the Rood stairs…..( a screen that would have divided the Chancel from the Nave)
The porch was rebuilt in 1880