Sunday, 14 January 2018

St Mary's church, Homersfield

(This church is also sometimes known as the church of St Mary, South Elmham)



Fortunately there’s a sign at the bottom of a narrow lane or you’d pass by this church, as it stands in a wooded area and hidden from sight behind houses.
 It is situated on the Suffolk/Norfolk border

Although it has quite an impressive exterior the inside of the church is less exciting



It is plain and simple with it’s walls empty of any  family memorial plaques, apart from one large  picture of the Nativity on the nave’s north wall which is badly in need of cleaning, and a small picture on the south wall which is a print of the Virgin Mary taken from a work by the C15 Italian artist Filippo Lippi – again this would also benefit from cleaning. I didn’t take a photograph of either of these as they were too dirty for the details to have shown up.

Almost everything in this church appears to have been renewed by the Victorians.



The C19 plain arcaded font  is a copy in style of some of the Norman square fonts

                   Font cover >>







I really liked the double piscina in the Sanctuary 





Two Decalogue panels hang on either side of the East window which contains plain green stained glass




There is a nice Norman slit window in the south wall of the nave. (My favourite part of the church) 




It was pleasing to see an old oil lamp on the nave wall



There is an old priests door in the chancel which is worth viewing.



The wooden lectern of an eagle with outspread wings is C20 

The extended churchyard is pleasant to walk round, and I noticed inside of the church there was a booklet which contains all the grave numbers, which would certainly be very useful for anyone searching for a particular grave



There’s nothing pretentious about this simple church, it is an everyday church ideal for country worship.



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