Tuesday, 27 October 2015

St Andrew's church, Ilketshall, Suffolk

Entering through the black wrought iron gates into the churchyard the grand round towered church of St Andrew stands before us. It has an ancient 64’ castellated tower which probably has Saxon foundations. 
The church porch has a modern statue of St Andrew in a niche above it’s doorway. The porch is partially built of red Tudor brick and the rest in C19 flint. It has a Holy water stoup inside by the Norman church doorway. The church door itself is about 500 hundred years old 

On the outer South wall of the church is a weathered plaque, this was in memory of the Sallow family in the early C18…It seems that Isaac Sallows out lived his wife and all of their seven children

On the North wall is the outline of a blocked up Norman doorway  >>

Sallows family plaque

INTERIOR….the inside of this long church with it’s *weeping* chancel walls is a sheer delight for medieval wall painting enthusiasts, some of the paintings here are as early as C12 and others C14..The image depicting the Wheel of Fortune was a very potent one in early medieval times.
The only original Norman window remaining is a small slit window which contains C19 glass with a  figure of St Andrew

The pulpit is C19 but done in a Jacobean style, and it’s tester top now acts as a table which stands nearby.

Among the C19 pews is a splendid C16 one on the South side of the nave at the rear of the church. It is richly carved and likely to have belonged to the man on it’s inscription-John Bongay (now spelt Bungay) He must have been a man of wealth to have afforded such an elaborate pew for his family…I noted on the pew end near the aisle a carving of a *green man* (a pagan symbol of fertility) so maybe he had the pew carved at the time of his marriage to his wife Elizabeth who died in 1559 
Over the tower arch hang the Royal Arms of the Stuarts, flanked by two C17 Garter shields

In front of the tower arch stands a fine C15 font 

In the chancel are some lovely carved angel head-stops at the ends of the roof timber.

Some of the C16 choir stalls still retain their original poppy-head ends, while the rest of the choir stalls are from the C19… a *green man* is carved on one of the old pew ends  
There is a nice Ogee Arch in the South wall of the chancel…I wonder if this was meant for an Easter sepulchre

            Church  Interior...>>>

There are some early interesting ledger-stones in the church…


  Rebeccah Antell 1656

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