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Wednesday, 10 September 2014

St Margaret's parish church.Lowestoft

This has to be one of the most loveliest of churches to visit.. It stands on high ground away from the town centre and is the main parish church of Lowestoft…A large and impressive building, it’s approached via it’s lych-gate

The present church dates from the mid/late C13, but had good restoration work done in the C19.. The height of the tower was extended and a slim spire added in the C15.
It has a large double storey South porch with chequerwork  along the base course and decorative flushwork panels to it’s fa├žade…three small statues stand in niches around the archway. They are (L-R) St Felix, St Margaret and Herbert de Losing, Bishop of Norwich
The top storey of the porch was used as a cell for two anchoress sisters to live in….It is now known as “The Maids Chamber”
    



   As you enter the nave your eye is drawn to the C14 font which was defaced by the puritans but has a glorious 1940’s gilded cover

Just in front of the font there’s a wonderful wooden chest from the 1600s





The nave is a vast space with charming arcades


It has a splendid 1890s reconstructed roof, painted deep red with much gilt work …gilded angels were added to the hammer-beams to provide an extra decorative touch.


With no chancel arch to separate the nave from the spacious C19 chancel the length of the church looks enormous

At the rear of the church there’s a huge banner store- quite the tallest I’ve ever come across.

There are some lovely stained glass windows in the north aisle

…and below them stretches a long wooden memorial plaque naming fishermen from along this coast who have lost their lives

… there’s also a long commemorative plaque to the soldiers from WW1 which lines the north wall of the north aisle Sanctuary




The church possesses a splendid rare medieval brass lectern from 1504




The High Altar has riddel posts topped by angels holding candles















A lovely ceremonial cross stands below the altar
and there are some good wall plaques in the church

         
….and there's lots of interesting ledgerstones



He must have been a compassionate man >>





The last remaining brass in the church





I found the vast churchyard fascinating as it holds many enormous tombstones from the 18th & 19th centuries. There must have been some very wealthy inhabitants in this town in those days.














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