Sunday, 12 March 2017

St Cross/St George, South Elmham

This tall austere looking church enjoys a lofty setting on rising ground. The church was first dedicated to the Holy Cross and then again to St George, so it known by both names. This is the largest church in this benefice and on entering I received a feeling of aloofness – this is no rustic country church! 
One enters via the late C14 porch which shelters a fine Norman doorway and medieval door which has wrought strap hinges

 On the r-hand jamb of the door arch is an example of C17 graffiti  

A large C14 waggon chest stands just inside the nave, it is banded with iron and has many hinges and locks to secure it, this was once used to house important records pertaining to the church.

To the right of this door arch is a Holy Water stoup - and a second Holy Water stoup can be found just inside the church in the South wall.

The church is very tall and has clerestory windows on either side to deliver more light into the church – this is unusual for a church which has no arcades or side aisles

C18 Decalogue panels hang on either side of the tower arch.... 

...and a nice painting of The Raising of Lazarus hangs in the arch of the blocked Norman north door. 

 An early C15 font stands in front of this picture. 

The nave has an arched braced roof and it’s wall posts rest on demi angel corbels – inbetween them are shields

The chancel was replaced in the C19 and now the only remaining evidence of a rood screen is the rood stairway now blocked at the top

The panels of the reredos behind the altar has depictions of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St George flanking the Angus Dei (lamb of God) 

There remains a simple C14 piscina with a trefoil arch in the south wall of the sanctuary 

The chancel has pleasing Victorian floor tiles, and some of the choir stalls have animal heads to their pew ends 

I love the vibrancy of the early C20 stained glass in the East window depicting the crucifixion 

The large churchyard is quite steep to negotiate for anyone not too nimble on their feet.

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