Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Rumburgh...St Michael and St Felix church

One has to cross private land to reach the West entrance gate to this church. 
  From this direction it looks uninspiring with it’s bulky C13 severely truncated tower, but walking through the graveyard toward the church it becomes apparent that this West tower is very old – it is all that remains of a Benedictine Priory which was founded just before the Norman Conquest until it’s suppression in 1528
The tower has a weatherboard belfry which is topped by a high slated roof.

The C15 porch found along the South side of the church protects a simple early C13 inner doorway

Entering into the nave the interior is light and airy, but at the same time appears to be an austere building in which to worship, although I found it’s brick floor very pleasing.

Just through the door on the S wall is a recess for a Holy Water stoup 

The pews although plain have nice poppy head ends 

The pulpit is Jacobean and rather stern looking, it was restored during the late C19

Nearby in the N wall of the nave is a doorway to the rood stairs 

The octagonal C14 font stands on a modern base and has a Stuart cover

A C19 bier rests just through the chancel arch 

There is a fine old chest in the church

 Along the South wall of the chancel is a round headed arched doorway which is blocked - this was most probably done in the C15 when buttresses were built on the outside to strengthen the church wall. The door opposite was most probably used as the Monks entrance
The sanctuary is set at a slightly higher level than the rest of the chancel and is paved with nice floor tiles   The delightfully age- worn chancel screen has fine tracery under it’s arches 

The church windows are mainly clear glass with a few having a small amount of stained glass in their upper tracery

There is a neat little organ which once stood in the church at Shipmeadow, but was transferred here when Shipmeadow was made into a private home in the 1980s 

There are some interesting ledgerstones in the nave aisle floor and other memorials in the chancel 

A splendid old bench resides in the entrance porch

This is a church with a long and interesting   history and has a large churchyard to investigate

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