Sunday, 20 July 2014

St Margaret's church Stoven

 I had been warned beforehand not to expect too much from this church, as it wasn’t the best work the Victorians had undertaken in restoration.

So I was quite pleasantly surprised when I entered the church through the heavily restored North Norman doorway…the South Norman doorway is more impressive and inspirational having hardly been touched, and  has the remains of a scratch dial on it’s adjacent church wall.

        South doorway

At a cursory glance the structure of the church looks quite appealing, and it’s only on closer inspection that the flaws become evident, as some of the mid C19 work seems a little crudely done in places. The Victorian restorers here at  Stoven, for whatever reason – (possibly they wanted a continuity in style) decided to imitate the Norman way of doing things….sadly it could have been done better.

Inside the building is narrow with plastered ceilings and has a large elegant chancel arch.

In the chancel there are Decalogue boards on either side of the East window.

The pew benches, choir stalls and the square pulpit are solid and  pleasing to the eye.

Oddly, the font actually appears to be from an early date, although curiously it looks as if it’s made up from stone from different eras.

 I found the square flint West tower a little disconcerting, it doesn’t seem to sit comfortably alongside the rest of the church….I need to find out more about when this slim tower was built

St Margarets is a church which in 1990 was saved from redundancy  as a result of a parishioners campaign, so I was disappointed to find there was hardly anything there to excite my curiosity or imagination….but for anyone who just wants to enjoy viewing a church – whatever the style, then I don’t think they will be disappointed in this church nor it's delightful churchyard.

 North side of

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