First of all Many Thanks to everyone for the best wishes and congratulations yesterday for little Arthur, he is now home safe and sound with his Mummy, Daddy and Willow. 4 grandchildren in under 4 years - what fun they will have at family gatherings as they get bigger!....Chaos!
On my way home from the visit to Burgh church a couple of weeks ago I called in at Swilland to see if the church was open because when I visited there last year it was locked up.
Yes it was open, and this is the reason for the church getting a mention in the 100 treasures book. A huge and impressive altar screen or reredos. Many churches would have had these before the reformation but this one dates from 1894 when the Victorians were doing much prettying up of old churches.
The oddest thing about this small church is the very strange Victorian belfry which sits on top of the C16 brick tower, looking like a little house with gabled roof and small copper covered spire
Apart from the huge altar screen the rest of the church is the usual small plain Suffolk church
The font is a bit different, being painted rather than carved, with a tall carved wooden cover.
One memorial is elaborate
Saint Felix and Saint Edmund in stained glass in one of the windows
Lots more about Anglo-Catholic traditions and the priests involved with this church is HERE On the Suffolk Churches website