Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Gunton St Peter

An attractive church standing at the end of a cul-de-sac and close to nearby woods.  It probably originates from Saxon times. It has a diminutive round tower which has been restored in recent years.  A complete restoration of St Peter’s took place in 1899 with a vestry added on to the North side of the church in 1903
The church has a very fine North Norman doorway with a carved chevron design

There are two nice medieval windows in the church – a Norman one in the nave and a C13 one in the chancel

The C16 South porch shields another Norman doorway, again with a chevron design - the right hand jamb of this doorway is cut away to house a holy water stoup, and a scratch dial can be found at the bottom of the left hand side of the archway - this was probably moved here when the porch was added.
A single barrel ceiling stretches the length of the church as there’s now no chancel arch or rood screen to divide the chancel from the nave…although evidence remains on the wall where the arch would have been.  There is a stairway at the East end of the North wall of the nave which would have led up to a rood loft - Although the rood stairs are still in evidence, they are now blocked as the rood has long gone. 
A nice carved eagle lectern stands in the nave

On the nave walls are candle holders which look as if they are still used occasionally

There is a simple font which is in use nowadays, while an unused Norman font stands inside the porch

<<Norman font

On the West wall hangs a wooden cross which came from the WW1 battlefield grave of Cpt. Reginald Charlesworth aged 24 yrs

The clear glass in the windows are unusually striated. The only stained glass window in the church is it’s East window where four 1960 panels depict Christ, the sower, the reaper and the fishermen

The piscina and dropped-sill sedilia in the chancel are simple in style.

There is a memorial tablet on the South wall of the chancel for Isabella Steward who died in 1867. She knew her death was imminent so composed her own epitaph, which her husband added on to her memorial tablet. His own memorial tablet by comparison is very stark.

Other wall memorials include one for Charles Boyce, plus a ledger-stone for him and his wife... ...At the end of the C17 this man using his own money rebuilt the church which had fallen into disrepair .

A poignant tablet let into the aisle floor …I can find no information about this poor child nor the family.


There are some interesting headstones in the churchyard, I particularly like this one for a ten year old girl
her name was Dorothy Riley, who was killed in a road accident in 1931.

...and there’s  a poignant stone from 1990  near the porch door for seafaring men who’s graves needed to be moved, when the new church annex was built  
A really delightful church with many more things of interest to see...a church which gives the appearance of being well loved by it's congregation.

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