Saturday, 1 April 2017

St Peter & St Paul Wangford

This is a big church both inside and out and stands on the spot where people have worshipped for more than 800 years. I last visited here in 2016.  The present church is part of the old priory church which belonged to a Cluniac Monastery which was founded in 1160, The priory, having fallen on hard times closed in 1528, and sadly there in nothing now left of the original church
Most unusually the C19 tower was built at the East end of the North aisle – there has never been a West tower for this church.
The only remaining parts of the medieval church which remained before the mid C19  restoration were the nave, north aisle and porch.
The South side of the church had been attached to the North wall of the cloister walkway of the priory – the restored medieval flying buttresses still abutt the church wall of the nave.

I was a bit taken aback on entering the church via the North porch to see the plaster on the nave walls in such poor condition…I hope the church can find the finance to restore this to it’s original condition..
The interior is a big open space. Off the nave is the North aisle, now called The Lady Chapel.
The C16 pulpit which appears to have a Flemish influence, used to be two tiered but now one of the tiers acts as a reading desk, and stands on the opposite side of the nave to the pulpit. The pulpit in it’s originally state would have had a sounding board at the top.

The box pews were replaced by bench seating in the C19 restoration

An elaborate 1883 brass lectern and C15 font stand in the nave

There are splendid decorative stone corbel heads on the ends of the roof supports in the nave.

The chancel is bright and spacious, with a fine stone reredos as a  backdrop to the altar …The vestry and chancel were added to the church in 1875 to complete the church as we now see it,

A good C19 piscina and sedilia are also in the chancel

The Earls of Stradbroke (Rouse family) have lead the worship in this church since 1612….

There are many memorials in the church especially to the Rouse family from the last 400 years

                 IVth Earl of Stradbroke >>

                                                                There is so much of interest in this church, but I can only mention just a fraction in this particular post…more to follow when I intend to visit this church again next year,

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