All Saints has to be one of the most welcoming churches I’ve had the pleasure of visiting.
Standing on a corner in the village, it’s like a beacon inviting you in through it’s gates. The first thing you see is an amusing sign pointing to the modern toilets - so no need for anyone to cut short their visit here!
The entrance is through the open South door via the porch, At the West end of the church is a typical East Anglia style C15 font which has alternating panels carved with shields held by angels, and lions…four lions stand proud around it’s shaft. The font cover was made in the early C20 by a local craftsman
Facing the entrance door is a ship’s bell, belonging to the mine sweeper HMS Darsham, it was presented to the church when the ship was de-commissioned.
Over the South doorway is a pleasing Coat of Arms of George lV
This a church where the Chancel is almost as big as the nave.
There’s a C17 restored pulpit and a brass lectern, and benches which have poppy head ends
A niche for holding a statue is in the East jamb of one of the four beautiful perpendicular nave windows
There are three more perpendicular windows in the chancel plus a charming old lancet window
The chancel shows work of restoration which has been sympathetically done.
On the North wall of the Chancel hangs a hatchment for Charles Purvis d.1808 he had lived at Darsham House
An impressive memorial for the influential Thomas Bedingfield d.1661 is also placed on the North chancel wall...
...He was the cousin of Anne Bedingfield,a Norfolk lady who came to stay with her Suffolk relatives after she was widowed. She is buried under the chancel floor and has a superb brass on her ledgerstone. She died in 1641
There are also two other small brasses in the church for Marion Reve c1490 and William Garard c1530
Outside the church once more, and it’s obvious that the tower was added on to the church either late C15 or early C16 The Norman doorway is bricked up.
There are some interesting headstones in this spacious churchyard, including these below of families
who once lived at Darsham House:-
< Parry-Crooke Family
Hadley Family >
Others Headstones of interest:-
Joseph son of Joseph and Sarah Good(a?) d.1856 aged 20yrs and his five elder infant siblings:- Elizabeth d 1819, Philip d.1821, Catherine d. 1825, Letitia d.1826 and Georgeanna d.1830. >>
Susan d.1832 aged 4yrs
Charles d.1834 aged 2yrs
A stillborn baby (no date)
William Langstaff Weddall MA d.1851 aged 43 years,
Wife Louisa Mary d.1891 aged 80 years
Daughter Louisa Catherine Ellen d.1846 aged 4 months
Daughter Louisa Mary died 1848 aged 1 month
Jeremiah Eastaugh, Blacksmith.d.late 1700s
" My sledge and hammer ,
My bellows too have lost their windMy fire extinct my forge decayed
My coals are spent my iron gone
My nails are drove my work is done"
Purvis family gravestones were almost hidden in the undergrowth >