Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Brockley, Suffolk

I'm not sure that any other church I've visited  to date can beat St Andrew in terms of its location; farm buildings to the west, hall to the south west and open fields everywhere else. A Victorian restoration has rendered it somewhat aseptic but nonetheless this is still a lovely church.

ST ANDREW. W tower with diagonal buttresses carrying flushwork panelling. On the base of the S wall of the tower an inscription commemorating Ricardus Coppyng, who no doubt gave the money for the building of the tower. Nave of c. 1300, chancel Dec. - In the S wall inside a big ogee-headed recess. - SOUTH DOOR. With interesting knocker and lock, probably also early c 14. - PLATE. Elizabethan Cup; Flagon 1771; Almsdish 1817.


Ogee arch

Reredos (1) 
 Reredos (2)

BROCKLEY. Its oldest neighbours, standing aloof, are the 14th century church, a mossy base of a Tudor churchyard cross, and a farmhouse which was once the hall and still has part of its ancient moat. The church tower has fine panelled buttresses and a stone inscribed with the name of Ricardus Coppynge, who builded well five centuries ago. The chancel has an old carved chair, the nave a splendid arched recess in its south wall, and the door is 500 years old with four lizards on its handle.

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