Thursday, 18 October 2018

Dennington St. Mary

A Very Big church for a small village (population around 600)


The thing that gets this church into the 100 treasures book is this rare pyx canopy.  A what?

 I had to have a look on Wiki to get some more information, and this is what I found
A pyx or pix (Latin: pyxis, transliteration of Greek: πυξίς, boxwood receptacle, from πύξος, box tree) is a small round container used in the Catholic, Old Catholic and Anglican Churches to carry the consecrated host (Eucharist), to the sick or those otherwise unable to come to a church in order to receive Holy Communium. The term can also be used in archaeology and art history to describe small round lidded boxes designed for any purpose from antiquity or the Middle Ages.

The one in Dennington church dates from 1500 and is 5 foot tall and is the only one complete enough to be used for its original purpose in the whole country - goodness, very, VERY special.


It's a wide and long church with side aisles. There are box pews at the front of the church and the usual pews further back.
looking east

Both side aisle chapels have these rare elaborate medieval screens


There is some very unusual stained glass in this church apart from the usual scenes of saints and bible stories I notice this blue window.



Ancient heating pipes snake up and down the side aisles. I doubt they would have warmed  the church much. Although the gentry would have been inside their high side boxes to cut down the draughts.


The alabaster effigies over the tomb of William, Lord Bardolf who fought at Agincourt and died in 1441. His wife Joan lies beside him.

The pew ends at the back of the church are carved with all sorts of creatures, real and mythical.



In the north aisle is this very unusual sand table, where the village children would have learned to write their bible texts in the C19


A fascinating church to visit.

Back Tomorrow
Sue





40 comments:

  1. That pyx is amazing. I wonder how it managed to survive the Reformation and then Cromwell.

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    1. It says in the book that it was put back in its right place in the 1930s so maybe it was hidden

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  2. That looks brilliant. What a lot of unusual things. I love the sand tray, a very multi sensory way to learn! The blue stained glass is beautiful and the pyx is 'awesome' in the original sense.
    xx

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    1. Just keep being amazed at what I'm finding in churches having spent much more time in chapels which are never old

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  3. A beautiful church. The screens, pew endings and monuments are wonderful and I can't but wonder how on earth they managed to avoid damage and destruction through the ages.

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    1. The church is on one of the main cross Suffolk roads so it's amazing to find all the interesting things still there

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  4. Such incredible workmanship and beauty Sue. The farmer and I visited many churches in Norfolk and Suffolk on our visits there - some are absolutely stunning.
    Incidentally I do so admire the way you have thrown yourself into various projects - I hope you don't mind me saying - he would have been so proud of you. x

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    1. Thank you Pat, just wished I had Colin with me to visit the churches.
      I'm amazed at what I'm discovering

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  5. Probably my favourite church so far - some truly wonderful items there. I particularly like the blue stained glass - so unusual.

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    1. The most unusual stained glass..........so far!

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  6. Gosh, that has some amazing - and unique? - items in it. I've never heard of a sand table before but what a good idea. The carvings are stunning - never ever seen one like the creature with the fold-back neck and bestial head before. I wonder what sort he was? (Just gone to check on-line and it is a giraffe - I did wonder, with that long neck).

    Fascinating place.

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    1. Somewhere there is a strange animal with a big foot! but I couldn't find it

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  7. Another lovely church and I am sure it would be a pretty village as well.
    Hazel c uk

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    1. The church is on quite a busy main road in the middle of a village, right by the pub - very traditional

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  8. Beautiful church. I am enjoying your church visits.

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  9. I would have had to look up pyx too, you learn something new every day. Beautiful church.

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    1. Hadn't a clue what a pyx was but why was it covered?

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  10. I think it's a shame that most old box pews have been ripped out; I rather like them. Pews are tolerable but chairs! Ugh. Just wrong in an old church. So many of the Suffolk churches you've been reporting on seem to have kept many old features. Fascinating.

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    1. I don't mind chairs if it makes the church more user friendly

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  11. What a wonderful building! I’m so enjoying these finds of yours! We have nothing like this in America, shamefully!
    Debbie

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    1. So many of our churches go back to 15C or earlier before the USA was even discovered! ( except by the people there already!)

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  12. Simply amazing - thanks for the tour. The church you visited a few weeks back missing the slate roof - it made our news!

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  13. Lots of old things that have been preserved very well. An amazing sight.

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  14. Unusual, almost modern, stained glass. My fabourite part as always.m

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  15. A beautiful church, thanks for sharing the photos. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  16. Brilliant church - some unusual items - I love the blue stained glass and have never heard of a pyx - you learn something everyday!

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  17. What an interesting church. I am Catholic and had never heard of a pyx canopy.

    God bless.

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  19. I love an old church! They have such an aura about them and a sense of history. Have you ever been to the one in Copford, near Colchester Sue? It's very pretty and has some medieval wall paintings. Definitely worth a look if you are in the area.
    Jane

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