Thursday, 25 April 2019

Another St Mary's

This one is in a tiny village called Burgate, among fields with just a few houses. On the Suffolk Churches website HERE Simon Knott says there isn't another church like it in the county.

The reason this church gets a mention in the 100 treasures book is because of this big WWI memorial.

Benjamin Appleyard was the rector from 1919 until 1940, and had been an army chaplain in the Great War. He organised this memorial to be set up in a blocked arch in the chancel and used vessels and ornaments that had been made from shell cases  in 1917 by wounded soldiers in the Godwaersvelde hospital near Ypres. The woodwork was made by a local carpenter.

These small steps go up inside the wall and I meant to look outside to see if I could see where they went, but forgot.

Although the church is small it has all sorts of interesting things, like this cross, most were added during the time of the Rev. Appleyard.
But this is very unusual. Taking this photo after just stepping inside the door, there is a partition dividing the nave from the back of the church making a baptistery,with the font.
The light was catching all the different colours in the old brick floor, although the photo doesn't show it well.

A good stained glass window

and pews with doors to keep the cold draughts from the feet of the worshippers

A small room to the side of the organ has been made into a little chapel dedicated to St Edmund where the photos of so many past rectors keep watch over the people in a communion service.

When I got home and looked at the Suffolk Churches website I found I'd missed several other interesting items. Better go back sometime for a second look.

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  1. Your photo and comment on the stairs in the wall are very tantalising!

  2. I love the little stone staircase, and that gorgeous herringbone laid brick floor, the muted colours are wonderful. I can just imagine that floor laid in an old cottage kitchen.

  3. What a fascinating church. I found the WW1 memorial interesting, and didn't know that the men did the Trench Art as a sort of remedial therapy as they were getting better in the field hospital at Godwaersvelde (and others too I am sure).

    Next time you will have to go up that wee staircase!

  4. What a lovely little place - absolutely fascinating.

  5. Sweet little church, you must go back to find out where those steps lead!

  6. Looks like a calm and beautiful place. The architecture is marvelous and I would love to visit this place some day :)

  7. The special thing your visits to the Suffolk churches points out is just how many small treasures there are tucked away across just one county--each carrying the history of past lives and reminding us, sometimes with great poignancy, of events--large and small. Thank you for sharing them on your blog.

    1. I'm constantly amazed at how many interesting things there are in each church.

  8. Hmmm, I wonder where those stairs go.

    The monument is beautiful, useful items made from scraps to those that cause death.

    So many interesting churches.

    God bless.

  9. Another interesting and beautiful church.

  10. Churches hold so much of the history of their village and towns we should cherish them.

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