Thursday, 5 March 2020

All Saints Church in Eyke

This church features in the 100 Treasures in 100 Suffolk churches book almost because of what it doesn't  have..........A Tower!


Once the tower would have been in the centre of the church now the interior has the remains of  the Norman Crossing Tower - these 4 arches.

Seen from the rear of the church



and closer..........the arches are decorated with chevron or zig-zag patterns which are characteristic of Norman architecture.



 The stained glass East Window


These brasses commemorating  John De Staveton and Wife (with no name!) are from 1420

Once on the floor - this brass



is now on the wall




Beautiful stained glass roundels
The pulpit given  in memory of a parishioner




This big 15C  key hangs on the wall and is a copy of the original which is in the British Museum. The bit that goes in the door (called the 'ward') is cut in the shape of IKE for the village name - impossible to photograph well


The Rector here between 1893 and 1938 trained local people in woodcarving to make the pew ends.
All sorts of birds and animals are featured including an owl



and a penguin




Back Tomorrow
Sue

17 comments:

  1. The penguin seems a bit incongruous!

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  2. The pew ends are lovely - I love the individuality.
    xx

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  3. Hi Sue. Can you please let Terry Miles (boogie-woogie king), know when you find a church with a piano in it. He is looking for more churches where he can play a tune. He can do soft and gentle as well.

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    1. Trying to think if I've ever seen a piano in any churches so far - I think a grand piano in Framlingham maybe?

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    1. We are lucky to have so many and still being cared for after so many years

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  5. Interesting about the carvings and how unusual not to have a tower (or spire).

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  6. Thanks for the tour. Was there no explanation of what happened to the tower or was it never built? Stained glass windows are lovely.

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    1. As it would have been in the 11C I expect it fell down!

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  7. I do love your church explorations, Sue. They are all so different and I like the fact they are actually open fo look around. So many are locked up these days. Had a giggle at the penguin! :)

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  8. Its the stained glass windows that I love to admire, what a great sight they are.

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  9. Aww that penguin reminds me of Pingu! Arilx

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  10. Another beautiful church. The ones I have seen in this part of Scotland are all very spartan.

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  11. This is a beautiful church. I love the originality of all the pew ends!

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