Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Cookley church Suffolk - St Michael and all Angels

This church has changed a lot since the last time I attempted to visit it. It went through a period where it was locked and appeared unloved and uncared for….Not so today! When I returned there recently I found it has been transformed into a delightful church.  It is set back from the road and stands in the midst of Scotch pine trees, it has to be reached by passing through the garden of an adjacent occupied cottage
A wooden porch shelters the fine Norman doorway 

The interior is now orderly and full of light, and although everything about this church is plain it suits this simple country church.

Just through the entrance into the church there’s a double brass dated 1595 fixed to the West wall, this belongs to William and Margeri Browne with their four sons and four daughters. This family must have been local to this parish but they are buried elsewhere

In a glass case next to it are photographs of various graffiti found by workmen when they renewed the lead on the tower in the year 2000, some of this graffiti is as early as the C16

The slim tower looks to be from the C13 and has a West window which has  *Y* tracery dating from about 1300

There was a restoration done on this church in 1890

The original north Norman doorway now leads into a vestry which was added on to the nave

The reredos behind the altar is delightful 

An old wooden screen now separates the nave from the tower ... and on the West wall high above the tower arch remains what used to be a door entrance into the tower

 The font is in the traditional C15 style with Angels and and shields alternating around it's bowl

It was a delight to find one of the original uprights to the long lost medieval rood screen, reclining against the south chancel arch.

Although most of the church furnishings are C19 there are four remaining C15 pew benches which have delightful carvings on their elbows

The nave roof is of the hammer-beam type and has wooden corbel head stops on the roof supports

 A simple piscina and dropped sill sedilia can be seen in the sanctuary 

The churchyard contains some interesting headstones 

I am so glad I made this second journey here to visit what has now become a charming welcoming church.

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