Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Drinkstone, Suffolk

All Saints stands out for its poppyheads and chancel screen and Mee is unusually succinct. Whilst I except that Drinkstone is not Long Melford I think it merits slightly more of an entry than he gives even if not all the poppyheads are ancient.

ALL SAINTS. Dec chancel, the E Window new and the former (of three lights with flowing tracery) re-used, it seems, on the S side. Dec N aisle E and w windows with segmental heads. Dec arcades, N and S, with octagonal piers and double-chamfered arches. Perp aisle windows. Brick tower of c. 1694 (see inscription), the brickwork in chequer pattern of red and blue. - FONT. Octagonal, C13, of Purbeck marble, with the usual pair of fiat blank arches on each side. - SCREEN. Tall, one-light divisions, with ogee arches. Close panel-tracery above them. Original cresting. - BENCHES. Some with simple poppy-heads. Parts of a traceried front re-set in the back of the Sedilia. - PANELLING. In the sanctuary; C17. - STAINED GLASS. Fragments in chancel and aisles, notably, though much restored, a seated Virgin (chancel N), and several whole figures (chancel S). - TILES. Some S of the pulpit. - PLATE. Paten 1564; Cup 1567. - MONUMENT. The pulpit stands on a base which seems a very low tomb-chest or part of an Easter Sepulchre. The front is decorated with circles with two, three, or four mouchettes; early or mid C14 probably.

Poppyhead (15)

Rood screen (1)

Poppyhead (7)


DRINKSTONE. Its flint church has a brick tower and is mostly 500 and 600 years old. Outside one of the walls a little stone cock is perched - appropriately enough on the memorial of Simon Cocksedge. The old chancel screen is what we come here to see, for its carving and colouring make it a time sight. The bottom panels are gay with red and green, their beautiful arches with gilded flowers and foliage in the spandrels. The top is magnificent with rich tracery and elaborate coloured canopies. More beautiful carving is on the front of a panelled chest; and round the 13th century font there are sunken arches. We found in this church some old poppyheads, old tiles below the lectern, and old glass showing foliage and canopies of gold.


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