Tuesday, 26 July 2016

St Peter's church, Redisham

This is an exquisite tiny church in a delightful setting standing back from a leafy lane. Sadly I fear for it’s future due to the instability of the foundations – the churchyard is evidence of this as the ground is very soft and uneven, making it difficult to walk round for fear of sinking inches into the ground with each step taken  
The church tower unfortunately collapsed during the C19 and now a small bell-cote stands in it’s place.
The Normans gave this modest little church two splendid C12 carved doorways with a chevron design. The South doorway is protected by a plain red brick porch
- and a scratch dial is still visible on the right hand capital of the doorway arch 

 The splendid South medieval entrance door still retains it’s closing ring  

The blocked North Norman doorway is carved in a more simpler chevron design

The C15 font has blank shields and Tudor roses carved around it’s bowl  

The Stuart pulpit is splendid and has the date 1619 carved upon it. 

A two-light East window has decorated tracery, and there are two lancet windows set into the South wall of the chancel from about the same date. The only stained glass window in the church is the one by the pulpit which is in memory of an early vicar of this church… Whether there was ever a chancel arch I don’t know, although brick responds remain in situ.  (possibly by adding an arch it would have proved too weighty for the church to stand safely on such poor foundations)

There are some early amusing pew ends in the chancel. I love this one which depicts a bear with it's head in a honey pt.

There is only a small churchyard here but it contains a really interesting headstone, it’s for an eleven month old baby girl by the name of Eliza Westrup who died in 1840

…The epitaph on the stone reproaches her father who evidently rejected any connection with her…it reads:-
“Remember me as you pass by, tho’ you my father did me deny.
Glad were you to hear the sound of the bell that passed me to the ground.
If you were as free from sin as I, you would not be afraid to die.
As I am now so must you be, therefore prepare to follow me”
I wonder if seeing this epitaph would have pricked her father’s conscience!...(Unfortunately nowadays the writing is barely legible due to weathering).

 Long pathway from the church gate up to the church >>

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