Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Worlingworth Church

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.
( I think I prefer the traditional painting of 1810!)

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. 

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  1. Another lovely and interesting church - thank you.
    J x

  2. I have never seen a font cover that tall, or a painted one! I love exploring beautiful old churches and your Suffolk ones are all new to me.

  3. What a fascinating little church - I liked the tiny museum aspect of it in one corner. Imagine still having the pole they roasted the 1820 Ox on! Amazing.

    LOVED the photos of your new little grand daughter by the way. What a poppet.

  4. Great pictures. I love the old East Anglia parish churches. Can I recommend Picasa as a brilliant free online photo editing tool. I use it to rescue all my picture disasters (except it cannot replace feet/heads which I occasionally cut off or get out of focus)

  5. Lovely photos, thank you Sue. So nice to see parts of a county the opposite side of the country to us and therefore are unlikely to visit, as husband doesn't much like long drives nowadays.

  6. Wonderful pieces of history captured in these churches. Thanks for the photos.

  7. I love to visit churches and cathedrals.
    How interesting to see that fire engine as well.

  8. Lovely church. The unidentified painting reminds me of those by the Dutch painter Hieronymous Bosch. They say his paintings are hard to identify but it sounds like he never traveled outside of Holland so probably not his work. Still very interesting.

  9. I love that the grave stones are so close to the church. I also love how old everything is - we do not get that type of history in Australia obviously

  10. To the proud granny of a beautiful granddaughter ;) Churches are fascinating places, my trick when taking photos is to miss the top bit of the tower.

  11. What treasures churches are...though many are now locked x

  12. I am going to add you and your husband to my prayers. My husband had cancer - into remission - cancer back - radiation treatments and now we wait to see - I know the anxiety - But we are currently getting our vegetable garden ready - cleaning the yard after a terrible winter and enjoying everyday - and thankful for all the blessings in our lives which are many - God Bless and Keep you sate. Mary Ellen from Wisconsin USA