Friday, 2 October 2015

St Peter's church, Brampton

 This church stands on a hazardous bend on a busy road and has a steeply sloping churchyard. Like most medieval churches from this era a lot of restoration work has taken place at St Peter’s over the centuries.. but this church retains it’s medieval aura.
It is a handsome building with a C15 square tower and early tracery windows.
The C15 porch is small, sheltering a pleasing church door complete with it’s original closing ring

There is a C15 octagonal font with Tudor roses carved on it’s bowl and supported by a sturdy four shafted stem.

Most of the nave furnishings are made from C19 oak, including the tower and rood screens with their lovely tracery work…A fine C19 stained glass window adorns the West wall of the tower

The chancel floor must have been raised at some point as the medieval piscina is so low to the floor - it would not have been like this originally.

The C19 pulpit stands in front of a blocked stairway to the rood loft

 The chancel holds many memorials to the Leman family who were Lords of the manor and benefactors of this church from the year 1616 until Victorian times, with some of the male family members being rectors of the Parish.  There are two Leman monuments in the chancel dating 1788 and 1807, and a memorial to Susan Orgill Leman who financed the mid C19 restoration of the church. There are also ledger stones let into the chancel floor for this influential family.

One of the chancel windows is dedicated to Rev. Thomas Orgill Leman.
The C13 tracery windows on the South wall of the chancel contain some lovely stained glass.

On the outside of the church there is a scratch dial on both sides of the priests door.

A headstone for Robert Auldous dated 1785 has been placed up against the rebuilt C19 East wall and directly below the East window….I wonder if there was a special reason for this....

There are some poignant but inspiring headstones in the churchyard, I wished I’d had  the time to peruse more of them..Gravestones only started to appear in churchyards from the C17, up until then only the wealthy could afford to show public respect for their departed loved ones.

….On a headstone for Samuel Girling aged 37 who died in 1840    reads the  moving epitaph….
 “Farewell dear wife, My life is past,
 My love to you till death did last
 And now no sorrow for me take
 But love my child for my sake”

One of the oldest headstones in this churchyard …I wonder who B.G. was..>>

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