The next church visited out of the 100 in the book was Worlingworth . The village is about 8 miles from us. We went there on Saturday morning because a coffee morning was being held in the village hall to raise money for Addenbrookes Hospital. A fund was set up 9 years ago when a young man died from a brain tumour at only 32 years of age. We had lived close to the family in Bacton during the 1980's, he was in my cub-pack and his parents are members of the chapel where Col's Dad went.
( People always say "never go back", but coming back to Mid Suffolk has enabled us to meet up with people we've not seen for many years).
(and why do all my photos taken of high up things look as if I was drunk in charge of camera?!)
Worlingworth church is another Suffolk church dedicated to St Mary, this dates from the 15th Century.
The font cover at Worlingworth is even more impressive than the one we saw at Mendlesham, taller and painted too.
The box pews date from 1630
and the hammerbeam roof spans the entire width of the church.
I love the old fire engine, standing in the corner and dating from 1670. Possibly last used on Guy Fawkes Night in 1927
That large piece of wood leaning against the wall just to the left of the engine is a wooden spit used to roast an ox in 1810 when the village held a Great Feast to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of King George III. There is a large painting of this celebration on the wall of the church.
Because of the reflected light the photo isn't good. No one knows who painted this, perhaps an itinerant Italian artist.
Then in 2002 the village held a Great Feast to celebrate the Queen's Golden Jubilee, and two parishioners commissioned Lowestoft artist John Reay to paint another large picture - this is part of it.
Below is a ledger stone memorial in the floor by the font to Susanna Barker, who died aged 44 in 1622 it says she was Religious, Chaste, Discreet and Loving
Most of the windows are plain glass but these bits of stained glass are at the top of the window over the altar.
Another quick peep inside a Suffolk Church.
Thanks for comments on gorgeous Granddaughter post yesterday.