Saturday, 22 April 2017

Thwaite..the Church of St Mary

I drove past this church a few years ago but was unable to stop to explore so I was determined to make a return visit to look inside…at long last I finally made it, and wasn’t disappointed in what I found here. The nave has a pretty thatched roof  (in which a Blue Tit had built a nest) and stands within a small well maintained churchyard.

It was rather odd to find that this rendered church has no windows at all on its North side. Entry is through a glorious Norman South doorway, which is surprisingly still in good condition with only a small amount of excellent repair work having taken place as it has no porch to protect it from the elements

Well defined scratch dials can be found on the West jamb of the door arch

The tower is C14 and has three small plain shields above a brick niche on it’s West wall…I’ve no idea of the significance of these as usually we find they have crests or some other identification on them.

The brick chancel was added on to the nave in 1737 and has a tiled roof. 

The interior of the church is very pleasant. The C18 rood screen is in the C18 Gothick style with trefoil arches

The C15 font is a puzzle as it has the familiar octagonal stem but supports a completely plain bowl. I wonder if this bowl originally came from some other church 

A tiny Regency organ nestles in the chancel, and resting on a nearby table is a 1877 bible.

 All the glass in the windows are plain as a result of an exploding WW2 bomb which shattered the previous ones.  The chancel ceiling of St Mary’s church is painted pale blue…I wonder if this is because that colour is associated with the Virgin Mary.
On the chancel North wall is a memorial tablet for Rev Richard Dreyer d. 1838 and his wife Eliza d. 1849
In the nave  three family tablets line the North wall – Richard Reeve MD is flanked by one for his son Richard Dreyer Reeve d.1834 aged 19, and one for his daughter Susan Catherine Reeve who died in 1821 aged 12 years. There’s no mention of the wife and mother

In the churchyard there is an isolated adult grave and two children’s graves in a line alongside the North wall, sadly I couldn’t read who these were for nor why they were situated in this position, but I think there must be a connection between them 

This is only a small graveyard but it is beautifully kept.

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