Sunday, 12 July 2015

Gisleham, Holy Trinity church

Last Good Friday I revisited this delightful church which is situated on the corner of a narrow road but stands well back from the road.
It’s round tower base is early Norman with an octagonal top added in the late C14
The wide C14 South Door is unusual as it is hinged down through it’s middle, making it possible to have only one side of it open if required. The door is protected by a large contemporary porch

Above the porch entrance is a niche which once held a statue, this is flanked by two damaged carved angels, and has shields carved across it’s parapet..
The porch has what appears to be heraldic reliefs carved around it’s arch and finished off with lion headstops,

There is evidence of a weathered scratch dial on the buttress near the porch

A holy water stoop is let into the wall next to the church door.

The furnishings inside the church appear to be mainly Victorian, It’s white plastered barrel ceiling makes the church  light and airy. 

On the North wall of the nave are two lovely C14 windows with decorated tracery, and on their Eastern jambs are striking wall paintings - thought possibly to be of St Ursula and St Dorothy

In the mid C19 when the North porch was removed, the C12 North doorway was bricked up and a C19 window added above where it had stood.

The C14 chancel Arch has been removed with only part of it’s supports left in situ..

In the chancel is a C14 piscina and sedilia – an early C13 priest's coffin slab with a large cross on it acts as the seat of the sedilia.

Facing West inside the church one can view the two Decalogue boards hanging either side of the blocked up tower doorway…

A late C14 font with it’s decorated panels 
stands just below.

The pulpit and choir stalls are from the early C20, but some of the nave pews must be earlier as there is late C19 graffiti etched on the backs of some of the pews…I suspect this was probably done by children who grew restless having to sit through the long sermons.
                                                  On this Easter visit I found a lovely wooden cross standing in front of the altar and East window, which also poignantly displays the crucifixion of Christ.

 Whenever I revisit a church I always find something I've overlooked previously and yet there's always the pleasure of seeing the constant...

The graveyard here is a credit to the people who tend it.

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