Thursday, 15 June 2017

Flixton church of St Mary

This church dedicated to St Mary stands on a hillock in a wooded area looking down unnoticed from the village below

The first thing which catches the eye is the unusual top to it’s tower, this was built in the mid C19  - the original tower had fallen down in the 1830s.
When I first came here last year there were workmen busy repairing the roof, so it was nice on my return to witness what a splendid job had been done in incorporating the new wood into the origin beams inside.

The nave is light and airy due to the large clear perpendicular windows, in sharp contrast to the darkness of the neo-Norman chancel which has stained glass in it’s windows 

I liked this large candle holder in the chancel

The imposing large square font at the West end is a replica of a Norman style

The interior is full of family memorials to two families – the Tasburgh family who after the reformation owned Flixton Hall including the church, but as they were of the Roman Catholic faith it’s doubtful if they ever worshipped here, and this is probably the reason why the church was left to fall into ruins.  After the Tasburgh family died out it went into the hands of the Adair family who were responsible for rebuilding the church in the mid C19 century... Lord Waveney even had a small octagonal chapel added on in 1902 at the West end of the North aisle, he dedicated this to his wife Theodosia Adair (Lady Waveney) and commissioned a life size statue of her to stand in there.

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