More info here on the Suffolk Churches website
|Porch on right and vestry on left|
I think it's the most curious of all the churches I've been in so far, mainly because I spent all my time looking for "Ralph's Hole" without finding it. According to the book it looked like this
Well, I found "The Squint", a window without glass about 18 inches tall and now with a wooden lift out door closing it off , but I couldn't find anything like this photo, and when I got home and looked on the churches website it just says that the vestry - which I did go into - is still known as "Ralph's Hole", but no stained glass in the vestry.A mystery indeed.
Ralph Cantrell was the Lord of the Manor and had been a Catholic, so to avoid fines after the Reformation he built a chapel on the side of the church with a "squint" to see into the church so although he was technically IN church, he and his family could do their own thing out of sight.
The church seemed gloomy despite the bright sunshine and I didn't bother with many photos
Not the best of church visits - it felt remote and lonely there.