Tuesday, 2 August 2016

St Margaret's church, Ilketshall, Suffolk

A charming little church in a lovely setting surrounded by woodland near the village green.
A large tub of Summer flowers stands in the driveway to welcomes visitors.

 The lych-gate  was paid for by Margaret Hazard in memory of her father George Lewis Allsopp a long serving vicar here - and of her husband

The churchyard was a delight to wander round, parts of it are left for the wildlife to enjoy and the rest is beautifully mown. I have the feeling that the village people really appreciate their church and do their best to present it as attractively as possible.

Sadly the fabric of the church is deteriorating badly with the outside rendering peeling away from the walls, and the interior of the church is succumbing to rising damp. I fear whatever little foundations there are to this 1000 year old church are now unstable, with most of the C19 pews at an angle leaning toward the outer walls of the nave

The beautiful unglazed floor tiles in the chancel are now severely discoloured due to the pervading damp

 Even the C15 font has not escaped it’s clutches

All the interior walls of the church are  whitewashed over, completely covering original medieval wall paintings. Sadly the rising damp is noticeable in various places on these walls too.

The C19 pulpit and  lectern like the pews are fashioned in a very plain design, which is in keeping with the sparseness of this little church.

The boarded chancel ceiling is painted blue and adorned all over with gilded stars

A  really nice Royal Arms of Queen Anne dated 1704 hangs on the tower wall at the West end of the church
Interestingly in the porch the roof contains a couple of grotesque heads

Not noticeable from the inside of the church but very clear from the outside is a blocked up medieval North door which now has a C19 trefoil window in it’s place

Walking round the outside of the church I noticed the early C14 East window still retains it's headstops - albeit now badly weathered.

..and on a nearby window jamb is a well defined scratch dial

The priest's door in the chancel south wall has a fanciful cusped arch - I feel this must have been added on a whim by the Victorians

I left here with a feeling of sadness on the condition of the fabric of the church but also with hope that enough money can be raised to arrest it's deterioration.
.. I'm sure even the many roosting birds would appreciate that..>>


1 comment:

  1. Thanks for your visit. Sorry you feel that the fabric of the church is deteriorating. We have tried several methods of arresting the damp, but nothing seems to work. On damp days the tiled floor looks as if someone has washed it, so much condensation gathers. As to raising finds - we don't even manage to pay our Parish Share .... but we love the buidling, and it continues to do the job for which it was built - to be the visible presence of God in its community.