Thursday, 22 October 2015

Chedgrave..The church of All Saints

At first glance this is a very strange looking church with it’s square stubby Norman tower capped by thatch at the North East corner of the building, and a 1990s construction added adjacent to the West of the North Aisle.

Once inside the 1880s South porch we see, what to me is the best part of the church – it’s glorious Norman doorway, it’s shafts and capitals richly carved…the Norman doorway on the North side of the church is not so impressive
East Anglia is very fortunate to have so many of these wonderful Norman doorways surviving…the carving on most of them is exquisite.

The South door sheltered by the porch has Roman numerals of 1819 in iron work on it….

There’s a nice C19 window in the porch

There are reportedly mass dials by the entrance to the church, but I assume these must have worn away with time as I couldn’t find any.

The interior is surprisingly light in this church...I like the small Norman slit window set high into the West wall

At the west end of the nave is the C15 octagonal font which has angels holding shields around it, although it's base appears to be from a later date.

The chancel is very pretty with it’s simple Altar table and a piscina set into the South wall.
The stained glass in the East window is very striking - it was restored in 1976…the  glass had been brought over from Rouen Cathedral after the French Revolution 

Although the inner walls of the church are white washed over there is evidence in the north tower (now the vestry) that early wall paintings are hidden underneath. 

The painting fragments seen around the West window in the tower are believed to date to the C11

     I liked this ledger-stone…

The North side of All Saints is a relatively modern addition to the church , built in 1819.  It’s the main  reason (apart from it’s tower) why this church is so oddly shaped.

Some of the additions and alterations over the centuries are pleasing and other not so.

I found the large churchyard  which is bordered by Scots pine trees very nicely kept,

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