Thursday, 25 June 2015

St Peter's Church, Yoxford

By 1837 Yoxford was a becoming a prosperous town and was a coaching stop on the London to Gt.Yarmouth road. The church was extended to cater for the increasing population.
            The oldest part of the church is the South aisle built in 1499, it’s perpendicular windows have lovely tracery, sadly one of it’s windows was walled up in 1837 when a new North door and aisle were added. The spire was added to the top of the tower in the C17.

St Peter’s has a very definite Victorian feel to it’s interior, as it was greatly restored in  1868…more restoration took place in the 1920s.

Entry to the church is through the North door. The arcading between the aisles makes the church look larger than it actually is...In the North Aisle there are tablets for the Betts and the Davy families.There's also a large marble tablet for the Clayton family.

 In fact this church is full of memorials of some kind or another for the various important families who resided in the parish over the centuries.
In the C16 South aisle chapel (called the Cockfield chapel) is a marble plaque for Dudley George Blois who was killed in action in 1916 at the Battle of the Somme.
A brass plaque with the Rolls of Honour for WW1 and a wooden framed plaque with the names of the men who fell during WW2 are also displayed in the church.
The octagonal font from 1518 is still rather beautiful even though the angels have been defaced – this most probably happened during the puritan uprising.

It’s a pity the lovely early C17 pulpit is minus it’s sounding board.

The East window in the chancel is in the decorated style, it’s three panes of stained glass depicting the Crowning of Christ, St George and St Edmund, king and martyr

Attached to the side walls of the Sanctuary are brass effigies of John Norwich (d.1428) and his wife Maud (d.1418) There’s also effigies of Thomasine Tendring and her seven children – five of them are wrapped in a shroud, meaning they pre-deceased their mother…these brasses were taken from their ledgerstones.

In the nave of the South aisle there’s a cinquefoil headed piscina dating from c1500, this was discovered in 1868 at the time of the big restoration of the church. Wall plaques for members of the Blois family surround it.

Apart from the many wall memorials and brasses, there are a lot of hatchments attached to the church walls…The five around the tower arch are all for members of the Blois family. The oldest hatchment in the church is over the North door and belongs to Thomas Mann (d.1669)

Some interesting headstones in the churchyard worth noticing include an altar tomb for John Ingham (d.1712) and his wife (d.1715) and one for Charles Dalby (d.1849)
Most of the headstones in the churchyard are from C18-C19 as the churchyard has been closed to new burials for over a hundred years

The main thing which will remain in my mind about this church is it’s huge amount of brasses, wall memorials and hatchments..I’ve never seen so many in one country church.. This may be due to the parish over the years having not one but three large manor houses.


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