Another church visit and although it isn't, I really think this one should have been in the 100 treasures in 100 churches book as it the only church in Suffolk with an octagonal tower.
I visited on my way home from the Bygones sale and found it a very welcoming church. It sits in the centre of the small town of Wickham Market which is just off the A12.
It was especially welcoming as when I went in I found they were having a regular coffee morning and I was able to have a cuppa and chat to a lady about the church. She said that up until a few years ago the way in had been through the tower door but when they were having all the pews removed and the building painted someone decided the bottom of the tower would make a perfect kitchen and would open up the church to be used more often.
Comfortable chairs have replaced the pews and just to the right of where I was standing there were tables and chairs for the coffee morning. I didn't take a photo of the tables, kitchen etc as there were so many people enjoying a cuppa.
Colourful East window with the beautiful gilded reredos behind the altar.
The organ has this lovely plaque remembering the people who helped raise money for it in the late C19
Unusual painted ceiling in the chancel
The quote above the chancel arch comes from the book of Genesis
The South Aisle is in the process of repair. It was built in Tudor times as a chantry chapel to Sir Walter Fulbourne.
Simon Knott's visit to the church, with more photos and description is HERE in the Suffolk Churches Index
The church looks so well cared for. xReplyDelete
I think it really is well used and lovedDelete
That is a lovely church, so colourful and well cared for.ReplyDelete
Lots of people there for a cuppa - a really good use of a church on weekdaysDelete
That's a very impressive tower, isn't it? How lovely to see a church so used. xxReplyDelete
This is a village that is bypassed so I'd never really looked at the church before - a very unusual towerDelete
Why do they take the pews out of churches? I wish they wouldn't.ReplyDelete
I'm glad they do - then the church can be used for other things except Sunday service!Delete
Your header picture - was it a misty day? I like it anyhow. Very unusual church tower, don't think I've seen an octagonal one. I do love stained glass windows.ReplyDelete
It was foggy and very cold - the blog post from a few days agoDelete
The church has been brought into modern times with the needs and wants of the parishioners, so well done to whoever saw the potential and possibilities. I'm sure the church will be much loved and cared for in the future because of this.ReplyDelete
I totally agree. A really good use of a building for the whole villageDelete
Another beautiful church. This one has an eye on future use. And a weekday coffee well attended sounds like it will be used often.ReplyDelete
It was very welcoming and friendlyDelete
I like the idea of bringing the church into daily use in people's lives. This is much nearer to the original concept of banding together in a group. And it sounds hospitable. Nice find. Suffolk seems packed with churches!ReplyDelete
700 + churches in Suffolk - I wont be visiting all of them!Delete
Always nice when you get a warm welcome in a church - as it should be!ReplyDelete
Alison in Wales x
Exactly right - should be for everyone and not just on a SundayDelete
A good idea to remove the pews and make the space more adaptable. With any luck they managed to sell the pews as they're now popular as kitchen benches.ReplyDelete
What a warm and welcoming place.
The base of the tower was perfect for a kitchen and plenty of room for a coffee morningDelete
This is a beautiful and unique church. I've never seen an octagonal church tower. Creating a nice kitchen space works well and brilliantly supports social gatherings and community. The church members seemed to warmly welcome your visit and enjoy a coffee with you.ReplyDelete
I'd not seen an octagonal tower before either - very unusualDelete
That is a beautiful church. I love the tower. Looks well worth a visit. Thanks for taking us around!ReplyDelete
A friendly church with coffee and biscuits!Delete
A beautiful old church that you visited. I like the fact that people were friendly and welcoming. Granny MarigoldReplyDelete
Everyone was curious about me taking photos and very friendlyDelete
Well, that tower is certainly striking. Although I find the placement of a kitchen there peculiar - but if it actually serves the congregation better, that is great. The windows are lovely as well.ReplyDelete