Wednesday, 11 May 2016

St Botolph's church, North Cove, Suffolk

It’s a pleasant short drive which leads from off the main road to the church  of St Botolph, it could easily be missed unless you were looking for it, as it’s only close neighbour is a charming old public house..
This church is usually kept locked, (although there is a notice in the porch of a key holder ). I intentionally visited on one of the three days of the annual Flower Festival which is held here.

 There were numerous floral arrangements on display throughout the church, their artistry a pleasure to witness.

The 14 South porch protects a lovely Norman doorway which has a scratch dial still visible on one of the arch uprights

The C15 font standing just through the South door entrance looks rather large to be in this narrow church, perhaps this is emphasised by the organ standing directly behind it….the organ was played softly throughout my visit here, providing a gentle aura of calmness.
In the nave is a nice selection of wooden head corbels on the wall posts.  
   The C17 text Roundels around the church walls were only uncovered in 1937…these were new to me as I’ve not seen any like them elsewhere

The Hatchment hanging on the North wall I believe belongs to Thomas Farr who died in 1850
It appears that all the church furnishings including the chancel screen are from the C19 (there is no chancel arch)
There are grave footstones laid in the nave aisle, also some interesting ledger stones.

The chancel is jaw dropping in it’s beauty. The walls are awash with fantastic medieval paintings

…and the C19 stained glass in the East window is especially lovely.

This small church has a comparatively large graveyard with some of the large tombstones now completely covered by encroaching ivy – with the tombstones protected by iron railings it was too difficult to get close enough read the names on most them.                

This is a charming. little country church to visit - a 'must see' for anyone interested in Medieval wall art.

Drive way up to the church gate

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