Monday, 10 May 2010

Barnadiston, Suffolk

All Saints was locked on the day I visited so I can't comment on the interior but disagree with Arthur in his description of it as "forlorn" - I found it quite imposing.

UPDATE - I passed by last Wednesday (20.02.13), stopped on the off chance and a keyholder was in but I'm afraid I was rather disappointed although the pulpit and screen are nice.

ALL SAINTS. Small. The N porch has an exceptionally tall entrance. Handsome C14 N doorway.* - PULPIT. Simple; Jacobean. The iron stand for the HOUR GLASS on the wall by the pulpit. - READER’S DESK. With the same panels as the pulpit. - SCREEN. One-light divisions, ogee arches with tracery over. - PANELLING in the chancel, Jacobean. - COMMUNION RAIL. C17. - SOUTH DOOR. C15, with wicket. - BENCHES. Simple, with straight tops and some blank tracery. - PLATE. Paten, early C17; Cup 1663.

* In the sill of the chancel SW window two incised windmills, one of them left unfinished. Information kindly given by Mr Philip Dickinson. (I missed these).

All Saints


 Rood screen (2)

Barnadiston. A long way from anywhere, it has a forlorn little church keeping company with a wood, having medieval tiles in its flint walls. The people of this tiny place have been coming through its pinnacled doorway for 600 years, sitting in these old pews for many generations. The Jacobean pulpit has an old iron frame in which the preacher's hourglass was once kept, the oak chancel screen has much of its old tracery left, and there are a few bits of old glass with gold canopy work and a broken inscription.


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