Thursday, 21 February 2019

St Mary the Virgin Church at Earl Stonham

Apart from it's mention in the 100 treasures book this church has a claim to fame as being the church featured in AKENFIELD, the 1974 film made by Sir Peter Hall and based on the book by Ronald Blythe.

It's a large church for a small village

This church is all about the roof, the carvings and the angels, but being right up high 'twas a bit difficult to photograph.

The book says that with binoculars you can see an albatross,a fox with a goose in its mouth, an owl and a terrier. Apologies for my dreadful photos, trying and failing to hold the camera steady pointing up in the air.




One stained glass window over the altar
View down the nave. This church is cross shaped and has two projecting 'arms' known as transepts.
The remains of a medieval Doom painting of the 'Last Judgement' on the chancel arch
The bench ends feature some unusual carvings, they date from C15
As always there are lovely stitched kneelers, green this time



The font has interesting carvings

 More about this church HERE on the Suffolk Churches website

Back tomorrow
Sue

17 comments:

  1. Fascinating. I love that ceiling.
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  2. I wonder when the high ceiling was carved before or after it was put in place!

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    1. Could have done with binoculars, I couldn't make out what the carvings were

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  3. I love the font with the child and the kneelers. I went to see around our Chapel yesterday it was very interesting it is a very large building with lots of little rooms. Apart from the chapel it was a school. They were having a coffee morning I brought a nice marmalade cake, they were collect the money for a little boy who had a serious illness.
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    1. It's good to hear of chapels and churches being used during the week

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  4. I love the smell and quiet in these old churches.
    Briony
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    1. It is always quiet inside even with busy roads not far away

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  5. Looks like a gorgeous church. I love the carvings in some of these churches. They are fascinating. Thanks for taking us on a tour!

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    1. Wish my photos were better the zoom lens made the camera hard to hold still

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  6. Such a beautiful ceiling, stunning.

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  7. I think your photos are brilliant Su.
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  8. It looks amazing. My hand always shakes too when I really want to take a photo of something. It's so frustrating.
    Arilx

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  9. Beautiful! And that stained glass is gorgeous. It looks so peaceful.

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  10. Beautiful ceiling and the stained glass is lovely.

    God bless.

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