Tuesday, 5 May 2015

The Church of St Mary the Virgin, Sisland

What a charming little church this is, but so easy to miss down a remote narrow country lane. It is a whitewashed building with a thatched roof and clapperboard belfry, which is topped by a squirrel weather vane
…. It appears a severe storm so badly damaged the church in 1761 that much of it had to be rebuilt.
Some flint wall ruins of a C14 chapel can be seen on the outer north wall

Most of the church was rebuilt from 1761 onward


Apart from an original window in the porch all the other windows in the church are C18

         <<   porch window   

…Turning East from the small porch into the nave, one is faced with a long narrow room, it reminded me of a village hall, it is so bright and welcoming.

The West gallery from the 1760’s rebuilding of the church houses the organ

The typical C15 East Anglian style font with it’s decoration of lions, flowers and angels  remains from the earlier church, although it’s has received a certain amount of damage over the years.

The gloriously golden framed East window is simple in design with painted glass of the Holy Spirit and SS Peter and Paul holding their symbols of a key (St Peter) and a sword (St Paul)

East window and decalogue
boards above Altar table  >>

The pews and pulpit are C18 …the old box pews were in use until 1936

<<   Pulpit

The small churchyard is given over to the conservation of wildlife, and although to the visitor it looks overgrown, it is managed twice yearly to facilitate and encourage all types of wildlife.

Considering this is one of the smallest churches still in use that I’ve visited, I was astonished to see the amount of literature and information available in the church.
St Mary’s is a credit to the parishioners of Sisland who have kept this church alive.

It is a delightful picturesque church standing in a garden of tranquillity.

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