I have a cunning plan..............thanks to this book, which has been on my shelves for several years.
Last week when we were out we had to come home via MENDLESHAM to pick up tablets from our doctors surgery, it seemed an ideal opportunity to stop at the church for a few minutes and find the things mentioned in the book.
The place-name 'Mendlesham' is first attested in the Domesday Book of 1086, where it appears as Melnesham and Mundlesham. The name means 'Myndel's village'.
|St Mary's Mendlesham|
First........... The Font cover made by a local man called John Turner in 1630. In the 19th century it fell into disrepair and was removed to the clock chamber where it stayed until it was repaired and put back over the font in 1908.
The same man carved the pulpit, I like the old stone steps, worn away by the feet of dozens of vicars
This carving on a pew-end shows a dragon biting his curled tail, a symbol of infinity.
originally a priest’s room, contains a unique armoury - “the most complete armoury of any English parish church”. As well as the parish collection of armour, assembled at the time of the Armada, it contains part of an Elizabethan longbow, several parish chests, a ‘Vinegar’ Bible and other artifacts. It is open on the afternoon of the first bank holiday in May.
The man who is Vicar there has been there forever...........(well not quite.... but certainly since we lived in the area back in the 1980's). It's High Church with incense and all the trimmings so more RC than C of E (More about Anglo-Catholic church HERE ) and they reject the ordination of Women.
One of our neighbours where we used to live in the 1980's became a devout member of this church but only for a few years so her son (same age as our eldest) could get a free scholarship to a private RC school! talk about working the system!
1 Church down 99 to go!
Thank you for all the comments welcoming Willow Rose to the world. I hope these colds go so we can see her soon and we've also had to miss seeing Florence this week too. Wish someone had cured the common cold years ago!
Willow and I aren't the only shared birthdays in the family. Our Youngest shares her birthday with Col's sister and Florence shares her birthday with our nephew.
And is it any wonder we talk about the weather a lot in this country when it goes from chilly....... needing a fire all day to well over 20 degrees C in the space of a couple of days!