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Sunday, 19 July 2015

Norton Subcourse, St Mary's


This is another church with a splendid  round tower, it's tapered shape shows it's early connection to The College of Secular Priests. It was built in 1380 of flint - it now has a small repair at the top in red brick.


Although there is a suggestion that the tower may even pre-date the Norman Conquest, the 23ft wide nave and chancel date from the C14
The church was originally thatched but was replaced by slates in C19
It has a plain plastered ceiling inside.

In the chancel there's an attractive East window and a C14 piscina and graduated sedilia in the sanctuary

The only thing which now separates the chancel from the nave is a C18 tie -beam which is where the rood used to be.

.....The C13 font is made from Purbeck stone which is still in fairly good condition

Some of the windows contain original  stained glass,and nearly all of them are finished off with finely carved human and animal headstops.




On the west wall hangs the Royal Arms of George lV





There's a fine pulpit and pews gifted to the church by Rev. A.J.T. Thackery who was vicar here between 1855-1923





The North door to the nave is blocked up



I found an extremely poignant tombstone in the large churchyard for James Horth 1745-1825, his wife Mary 1750-1825 and ELEVEN of their twelve children who died in infancy.
At the bottom of the stone there's also a mention of their only surviving child who lived into adulthood-James 1773-1846.
<<Inscription >>
James Horth 1745-1825
wife Mary Horth 1752-1825
and their 11 children who died in infancy
Son James 1773-1846

How parents can ever come to terms with losing so many of their children is beyond my comprehension!
It made me wonder if some - or maybe  most of the children had perhaps succumbed to one of the awful diseases that were rife at the end of C18 and early part of C19....All so very sad, and the memory of seeing that tomb that will stay with me forever.
Family Historians are used to finding deaths of three or maybe four infant deaths in a family from those years, but I've personally never come across eleven in one family before.

I need to pay a return visit here, as there is so much more to photograph inside the church which I was unable to do on my last visit.







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