Another tiny church from the 12th Century tucked away in a very quiet village a few miles from Stowmarket. This part of Suffolk is close to where my Dad, Step Dad and Auntie were brought up and where their uncle and cousin lived. We were often taken to visit Great Uncle George and Aunt Nellie, somewhere in the village but not sure where. Age 7, I was a bridesmaid to their daughter when she married but I don't think it was at this church.
The book says
" it is one of few remaining that sprung up after many pipe organs were destroyed by Cromwell's Puritans and there was little to relieve the tedium of long services and sermons.
The West Gallery Music Association claims this tradition came out of of a desire of parishioneers around the late 17th century to do more than sit in dull silence at the point where the psalm may be sung or said and soon great hymn writers such as thee Wesleys were inspiring village musicians all over the country, The locals would lead the congregation and, at Battisford, Fredd Mudd made stringed instruments using local wood and homemade tools. A wind instrument known as a Serpent was also played here and is now housed in the museum at Christchurch Mansion in Ipswich.
There is a small organ in the church now
The font cover was presented to the church in 1967 to commemorate the presence of the Knights Hospitallers of the Order of St John of Jerusalem in the village.
The knights held a half interest in the church in the 12th Century ( info from the book, not sure exactly what that means).
More details HERE on the Suffolk Churches website and if I'd read this first I would have found the way in easier and would have looked out for the other things mentioned.
A lovely, simple church Sue.ReplyDelete
All the ones I've visited so far have been small - there are lots of bigger ones I must visitDelete
The Hospitallers' half interest in the church may be to do with receiving half of the income from the church.ReplyDelete
Oh right, thank you that explains itDelete
Another nice, little church. They are my favourites.ReplyDelete
Too bad someone left a plastic 'glass' on one of the pews...
Wish I had noticed it when I took the photo. - Must put glasses on for photos!Delete
That's such a beautiful little church.ReplyDelete
I love these kind of simple, white washed and stone churches. Some of the really old places have such a long and often troubled history that is fascinating to read about.ReplyDelete
In our local village here in Scotland the church has just hit the national news recently because a very rare bible has been stolen. Apparently the neighbours here say they had just had some visiting foreign fishermen and all sorts has been happening round the village - but could just be coincidence. Such a shame though it had been in the church for people to see all this time. Everyone is shocked.
There was a visitors book in the church that said someone had torn out the pages - how stupid and senselessDelete
What a charming little church and despite your difficulties getting in, it looks well loved and used for worship.ReplyDelete
I'm just amazed at things that old, being surrounded by them. We have to look far and wide for relics like that, sadly.ReplyDelete
Churches are wonderful cool places to visit in this hot weather, I visited a lot of churches in Dorset a few years ago, some absolute gems, makes me want to visit some more.ReplyDelete
It looks very peaceful, I'm glad you found your way in.ReplyDelete
I walked all round the outside to find a small door!Delete
I'm not a religious person but I love visiting churches. The buildings are so beautiful and filled with so much history. A church is where my love of history began. Our O'level (yup I'm dating myself!) project in high school was about a local church and the area around it. I think that's where my love of photography began too lolReplyDelete
That sounds more interesting than our O level - don't even remember any projects, but I am a lot older than you!Delete
You are doing an amazing job for the Suffolk Tourist Board!ReplyDelete
I now want to visit all the churches you have featured.
This one looks so simple, beautiful in an unfussy way and very peaceful.
It is in a very quiet place on a back road in the middle of nowhereDelete
Isn't that roof wonderful?ReplyDelete
My friend visited from London the other day, and I took her into Bath Abbey, which of course has spectacular fan vaulting, but, do you know, I actually think traditional oak roof beams and trusses like these (if those are the right terms!) are just as stunning.
Thank you for sharing your local churches. They are really worth seeing - they have a "quiet simplicity" - that is what I suppose you would call it.
I must do some of the bigger ones, there are many of those in the book tooDelete
It's charming. Thanks for the photos.ReplyDelete
That is a tracker organ I believe. What a wonderful little church to visit. I love these posts. They are so full of history.ReplyDelete
What a fabulous old church and I'm so glad you were curious enough to find a door that opened as the interior is the stuff of gothic novels.. I love it! Thank you for sharing it with us. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)ReplyDelete
Just a lovely small church. Glad you managed to get inside.ReplyDelete