Wednesday, 30 November 2016

South Elmham, St Margaret's church

This is a lovely country church situated on a bend in a narrow road which curves itself around two sides of the churchyard. 
As with many churches St Margaret’s underwent restoration in the mid C19
The tower is unusual as it has no parapet. Around it’s base is lovely flushwork, and small windows placed in various positions enhance the tower stair turret
The old village stocks now stand in the porch of the church, these are unusual as they contain five holes

The porch is two storey with a small contemplation room above the entrance.

A scratch dial can be easily seen on the West quoin of the South wall, with traces of two more.

The fine South doorway is Norman

The early C15 font standing in front of the tower arch is in the style frequently seen in East Anglian churches

Over the small door leading up to the tower is some splendid C17 graffiti which includes the name John Sallynge 1627

All the church furnishings are from the C19

On the walls around the church are what look like Victorian oil lamp holders 

On the South side of the nave wall is a splendid example of a Norman slit window

The rood loft stairs remain in situ in the NE wall of the nave 

The chancel arch was renewed in the C19

In the C14 chancel NE wall is a lovely early C16 Easter Sepulchre 

.... and in the sanctuary on the south side of the altar are two badly deteriorated dado panels which were originally part of the old rood screen

The East window contains vibrant stained glass from the 1880s 

 A few fragments of medieval glass have been rescued and are now displayed in a glass case mounted on the SE wall in the sanctuary 

It had started raining heavily as I left the church so I cut short my exploration around the churchyard, but one thing I found interesting was the number of gravestones in one section close to the tower all belonging to the Lord family from the late C19 and early C20

This is a charming homely country church which I intend to revisit

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