Tuesday, 9 August 2016

St Peter's church, Weston Suffolk

This church is situated in a picturesque position in a Suffolk hamlet, with some lovely trees in it’s graveyard.

A church in some form has stood on this spot for over a thousand years

 The South Norman doorway was blocked up with red Tudor brick, but the door itself was left in situ

The tower is C15 and the long chancel is obviously C13, but the date for the original church here is Norman…I found some of the Norman windows had been blocked.

The main entrance to the church is via the North doorway which has the protection of a porch with an arch -braced  roof… vestiges of worn head-stops can be seen on the inner doorway. A holy water stoup sits in the porch

 On entry into it’s simple sparse interior one feels a dignified atmosphere.
There is a C15 font which stands supported on a base the shape of a Maltese Cross, sadly it’s panels of carved angels are defaced

There are fragments of early C14 wall paintings on the South wall of the nave which have been identified as showing Christ’s entry into Jerusalem.

One of the windows in the nave contains a roundel in (C18 ?) enamelled glass which shows a picture of Christ and the sleeping disciples at Gethsemane

 A well preserved Royal Arms for James 11 hangs on the South wall of the nave

 The simple styled arch-braced roofs of the nave and chancel are probably early C15
The pews appear to be a combination of C15 with added C19 restoration work
There is a nice Jacobean chest which stands at the west end of the nave,
Although there is no longer a rood screen, there’s evidence that one used to be here, as there’s a cut-out for the rood stairs on the north wall of the chancel arch.

The chancel was restored in 1860

There are some interesting ledgerstones in the church

The churchyard has many secluded headstones almost hiding from view, ....
and one headstone of note which I fund poignant was standing not far from the gate and is for five young siblings.

 <<  five young siblings

Ivy is spreading rapidly among the undergrowth and around the trees in the churchyard

It's very sad to find children's graves which have evidently been forgotten by following generations

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