Saturday, 21 May 2016

St Peter's church, Gunton

An attractive church standing at the end of a cul-de-sac and close to nearby woods.  It probably originates from Saxon times. It has a diminutive round tower which has been restored in recent years.  A complete restoration of St Peter’s took place in 1899 with a vestry added on to the North side of the church in 1903
The church has a very fine North Norman doorway with a carved chevron design

There are two nice lancet windows in the church – a Norman one in the nave and a C13 one in the chancel 

The C16 South porch shields another Norman doorway, again with a chevron design - the right hand jamb of this doorway is cut away to house a holy water stoup (now holds a vase of flowers)

A single barrel ceiling stretches the length of the church as there’s now no chancel arch or rood screen to divide the chancel from the nave…although evidence remains on the wall where the arch would have been. 
 There is a door curtain hanging at the East end of the North wall of the nave which hides a stairway which would have led up to a rood loft

                  I like the carved eagle lectern

On the nave walls are candle holders which look as if they are used occasionally

There is a simple font which is now used for baptisms while an old font stands in the porch

The clear glass in the church windows are unusually striated.  The only window to have stained glass is the East window where four 1960 panels depict Christ,...The sower...The reaper.. and the fishermen

The piscina and dropped-sill sedilia in the chancel are simple in style

There is a memorial tablet on the South wall of the chancel for Isabella Steward who died in 1867. She knew her death was imminent so composed her own epitaph, which her husband added on to her memorial tablet. His own memorial tablet by comparison is very stark

                                                                             Other wall memorials include one for Charles Boyce, plus a ledger-stone for him and his wife. 

A sad memorial stone let into the nave aisle floor      

There are some poignant gravestones in the churchyard...a very nice one for a ten year old girl and a more recent one by the porch door

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