Saturday, 9 March 2013

Raydon, Suffolk

St Mary is a tower-less building with a low exterior bellhouse for the bells; it's very plain and simple and I rather liked it.

ST MARY. Mostly late C13 to early C14, see the chancel windows, the nave windows, the N and S doorways, and the Priest’s Doorway (thin shafts and big moulded capitals). On the chancel N side a normal late C13 two-light window with a quatre-foiled circle. The piscina inside has the same design - unusual and handsome. The two chancel S windows have in the tracery a circle with a cusped quatrefoil. Low W bell turret with pyramid roof.* Inside the early C14 date is confirmed, apart from the Piscina, by a low tomb recess on the N side and by the hood-moulds of the chancel windows. - PAINTING. Large ‘Noli me tangere’ by Alessandro Allori. - BRASS. Lower part of a tiny figure with a butterfly head-dress.

* The LG remarks on the V-shaped buttresses, comparing them to Thorpe Morieux.

Elizabeth Reydon 1479

Looking east

Rather bizarrely Mee also missed Raydon - two villages on one trip that he missed hasn't happened before.


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