Sunday, 5 July 2015

Carleton St Peter...St Peter's church

The day I visited this church I was taken back in time. St Peter's stands isolated in the middle of a field, with no access road.....To visit the church one has to park in the narrow road and walk across a wide grass path between growing crops to reach it. ~ As there's now only a handful of families living in the parish, the church remains open by holding only the occasional these times, or if a rare burial etc. takes place, the farmer opens a five barred gate to allow cars to drive across the field to park outside of the church wall.

Entrance is by the medieval South porch door which retains it's original ironwork. 
The outer porch doorway has a coat of arms on either side of the door - one is the cross of St George and the other is the crossed keys for St Peter

The interior of the church contains an air of remoteness, with it's simplicity

This church was restored in the C19 and during that time a recess was found in the North wall of the chancel. It is believed it originally held the tomb of the church founder...on the rear wall of the recess is a faded inscription from the 1557 Geneva version of the new testament.

I liked the C14 oak rood screen which divided the chancel from the was nicely restored in the C19

The C19 organ case is unusual, it has angels playing musical instruments painted on it's face 

..and the relatively modern square font stands in front of it.

On the North wall of the chancel is a poignant slate plaque for the five children of Rev. Sallett who was the former rector of this church 1667-1699 

A badly deteriorated medieval painting adorns a nave wall 

 It was lovely to find an early English lancet window...the Gothic era had arrived!

As one would expect from such a tiny parish, there are not many graves in the churchyard, and those that are there appear to be for 18th and 19th  century members of just a few families
To commemorate the new millennium a yew tree was planted in the churchyard on January 1st 2000

I have to say there's nothing outstandingly special about this flint and rubble built church, but it's always open to welcome visitors into it's fold.

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