Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Bradfield St George, Suffolk

St George was, I think, the most tranquil visit of the day, its setting is a rural idyll and its best feature is a very Catholic looking reredos depicting the Nativity with lots of gold and red - it's stunning. The pulpit and medieval poppyhead and St George stained glass are also worthy of mention.

ST GEORGE. A Norman window in the nave on the S side. A very charming Dec S doorway with a much moulded ogee arch. Perp three-bay arcade (four shafts and four fine hollows) and diverse Perp windows. Nave roof of low pitch with arched braces. Their spandrels have tracery. Perp W tower. On a W buttress the name John Bacon is recorded, no doubt as a donor. - FONT. Octagonal, Perp, simple. -  PULPIT. Jacobean, with two tiers of short blank arches. - BENCH ENDS. With poppy-heads and traceried backs (N aisle). - STAINED GLASS. Lower half of the figure of a Knight (clerestory S), c. 1500. - PLATE. Cup 1661; Paten 1686; Flagon and Alms dish 1720.


St George (5)


Poppyhead (2)

BRADFIELD ST GEORGE. A pathway runs up between the poplars and a lake of floating lilies to the lime trees gathered about its handsome rectory and the medieval church. Its sturdy pinnacled tower and porch are 500 years old, the richly ornamented south doorway a century older. In the 15th century north aisle are a few old bench-ends, and in the 13th century chancel is a modern reredos with paintings of the Adoration of the Wise Men and one of St George - of England and of Bradfield.

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