Saturday, 4 June 2016

Holton, St Peter's church

This charming country church set in a well kept sprawling churchyard, stands a little way apart from the village

There’s a special rail for bicycles placed near the entrance to the church - don’t often see that.

A statue of St Peter in an ogee niche over the C15 South porch door welcomes all worshippers into his church.

The South Norman doorway has a contemporary stone tablet with an animal (lion or dragon?) carved on it

The porch windows are pleasing C19 replacements

The long north aisle has four lancet windows and is separated from the nave by an open arcade

The C15 octagonal font has the usual Tudor roses and shields carved on it's bowl

The plain oak reredos below the East window looks rather severe. It stands behind a C17 Stuart communion table.
The Y traceried East window dates from the 1300s and now holds pleasant C19 stained glass.

The priest's door into the chancel is flanked by C15 windows

During the C19 restoration the previous pulpit dated 1678 was replaced

There are fine memorials on the north aisle wall commemorating service men from WW1, and a plaque for the service personnel from this village in WW2.

There's also a plaque to the memory of the American 8th Army Air Corps who flew out of Holton during WW2

I love this churchyard, it's on different levels with a 1914-1918 war memorial standing down in the bottom graveyard. Lots of small areas have been left for wildlife conservation, but it was nice to see there were mown footpaths around them.



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