Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Knapwell, Cambridgeshire

All Saints, locked, keyholder listed, is, despite a Victorian rebuild, lovely - although this is mainly due to its tower and location. I peeked through the windows and decided it didn't merit a search for the keyholder. The vestry is in trouble, I hope it's not subsidence.

ALL SAINTS. Perp W tower without buttresses and battlements. Flint and pebble rubble. The rest of the church 1866 by Fawcett of Cambridge (GR). Gabled S doorway instead of a porch. The centre window on the S side raised to form a dormer and also gabled. Apse. - FONT. Perp, octagonal, with heads at the angles below the bowl.

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KNAPWELL. Its farms, church, and thatched cottages stand by a belt of woodland in which are ancient earthworks, and near them is a spring which bubbles a slight red tinge due to the iron in the water, so that it is called the Red Well, scene of miracles in superstitious days. A long line of chestnuts brings us to the small church with a nave and chancel which fell last century and were rebuilt. The 15th century tower remains, with a gargoyle of a lion and a fine arch opening from it to the nave, all that remains of the old building except for a relic as old as itself - the font, with heads of animals and roses carved on the bowl, which is set on a panelled stem.

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