Monday, 20 June 2016

All Saints church Worlingham

Although the main entrance to this church is through the lychgate alongside the busy road, drivers shouldn’t be deterred from visiting this pleasant church as there is a car park for the church just down the adjacent side road.

The lychgate serves as a memorial for the men who lost their lives at sea during WW1

All Saints had a thorough restoration in the mid C19 – one of the better restorations carried out by the Victorians
While walking around the outside of the church one sees an obvious unusual feature -  the church has a  small C14 South aisle which only extends along the length of the chancel…I wonder if this was meant to remain like this or the original plan was to make it the full length of the nave as well…...

Standing against the outside of the South wall of the nave is a marble chest tomb for John Felton who died in 1702, it was he who was responsible for the building of Worlingham Hall. His daughter Elizabeth married into the notable Playter family of Sotterley, and it is their weathered coat of arms which is displayed on the wall above this tomb.
Entry into this bright but chilly church is via the North porch. 
The screen which separates the nave from the belfry is made up from four panels from the old C15 rood screen along with two new doors….some of the bench pews nearby are a mixture of original and new wood with original poppy head ends 

There is a rather fine C17 memorial hanging on the West end of the South wall for the Duke family

…also at that end of the church is this splendid chest – possibly early C16 

The C15 font is carved with lions and angels bearing shields 

The chancel arch was replaced in C19 by a screen, although the door to the original rood stairs remains in the North wall near the pulpit 

I‘ve read one report which states that the lectern in this church was fashioned from oak from HMS Victory (Admiral Nelson’ ship)

In the South aisle is a fine C19 memorial for Robert Sparrow who was killed in Tobago in 1805 and also for his grandson

The chancel is darker compared to the nave, but has a lovely 3 light East window depicting the crucifixion

Two pleasing priests chairs stand on either side of the altar 

…and what appears to be the only brass (on view)  fastened to the Chancel North wall, it’s for Nicholas and Mary Wrenne of worlingham Hall and dated 1511

When a new bypass was built in 1981 the mortal remains from graves of an old vanished neighbouring church were discovered, these were re-interred into a grave in All Saints churchyard and a nice stone erected to their memory.

The churchyard in Spring awash with bluebells

It's a gentle walk from the lychgate up to the church entrance

The C19 restoration to this church was done to a high standard, which wasn't always the case among church restorations from that time.  There is much more information I could impart about this church but sadly this blog instalment would take up far too much time and space... A visit to All saints is well worthwhile.

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