Monday, 29 April 2013

Caldecote, Cambridgeshire

St Michael - locked no keyholders. The setting is lovely, shame its locked.

ST MICHAEL. Not an interesting church. W tower, nave and chancel; most details renewed. Chancel rebuilt 1858; the chancel arch looks early C14 in style. - ROOD SCREEN. Perp, altered, originally apparently of four-light divisions falling into two parts under two arches. - CHOIR STALLS. Six altogether, without Misericords.

St Michael

CALDECOTE. It hears the rippling music of the little Bourn Brook, it looks across to the tower of Kingston from its wooded hill; and it goes to church half a mile away, its 15th century shrine half hidden by chestnuts. The old studded door still hangs on its strap hinges in the medieval doorway, and across last century’s chancel stands a simple oak screen 500 years old. A niche by the chancel arch is sculptured with heads of animals. The very graceful tower arch opens from the aisleless nave and has no capitals. On a wooden tablet are the names of 17 men who went to the war and three who never came home. One was on HMS Formidable, one of 600 to go down in the first battleship of its class sunk by a submarine.

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