Photographs

St Lawrence Church, South Cove, Suffolk

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

 

Passing Time

 St Martin Church, Coney Street in the City of York, Yorkshire.  Famous for the clock hanging out into the street.  For some reason it always reminds me of the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland.  Now I did take some photos of the interior, if only I could find them 🙂

Clevedon Pier, North Somerset

According to Sir John Betjeman, Clevedon Pier in North Somerset, is the most beautiful pier in England, I think he had a point, it’s so dainty, if a pier can be called that.  We were visiting nearby in 2016, so took the chance to have a look.  I’m so glad we did, even through the weather was a little grey, and it did start to drizzle by the end of our visit, the views of England’s only Grade 1 listed pier, with Victorian Pagoda, opened in 1869, was well worth it……its so pretty and dainty.  I am so use to seeing big chunky piers, that this one was a bit of a shock, and also that I had never seen it before.  

We didn’t get the chance to explore the pier as we were short of time, but this little castle like building is where you would buy your entry ticket.  However since our visit, I have read that there s a new visitor’s centre, so maybe you would buy your tickets there now.  I had added some photos of the little steam train that is in the park, and a couple of Toffee when he was a puppy, plus a few black and white photos.  A very enjoyable way of spending a couple of hours.

 

St Margaret’s Church, Stanfield, Norfolk

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 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.

 

Walking The Dome, London

Last year we visited The O2 on Greenwich Peninsula, London, which use to be the The Millennium Dome. It was also referred to simply as The Dome, which the original name of a large dome-shaped building, originally used to house the Millennium Experience, a major exhibition celebrating the beginning of the third millennium of the Anno Domini calendar era.  We never visited when it was the Millennium Dome, so I was really interested to see what the interior looked like, of course it now houses a very large entertainment centre, but it should still be interesting.  Driving into the carpark, I suddenly saw ants on the roof, well they looked like ants, people walking over the top of the dome.  Apparently you can pay to walk across the top. The view must be amazing, but not for me, I just took a few photos and wished them luck, as it started to rain and the wind had picked up…….we scurried inside to find our seats.

St Mary The Virgin Church, Axminster, Devon

On holiday in Devon last year, on a lovely sunny day, we visited the large listed grade II parish church of St Mary in the heart of Axminster, Devon.   This is a lovely interesting church, but I found it very difficult to take photos of the interior, I like to take wide shots of the Chanel and Nave, but found it almost impossible to do so, as the lovely side aisles take up the room.  There is some nice stain glass windows and an especially beautiful one, of the Nativity, which I posted about last Christmas.  

A little history……The church is of Norman origin, though only a Norman doorway survives.  The church had been added to over the centuries, the piers of the crossing and the west parts of the chancel are early 13th century.  The Chancel south aisle 1480 with the reset Norman doorway, the North aisle and porch 1525 -30 and early 14th century stepped group of sedilia and piscina in chancel.  There is an octagonal pulpit of 1633, a brass candelabra of 1750.  The south aisle was built in 1800 and the pews are 19th century.  In 1870 carved angels replaced capitals of north arcade, so quite a few centuries to explore in this grade II listed building.