Friday, 29 October 2010

Pattiswick, Essex

St Mary was odd, it had dormer windows in the roof, what looked like a domestic drive and, after a good look round, turned out to have been converted into a house. Thank God no-one was around whilst I was casing the joint. For what it's worth it is fairly innocuous and is probably better off as a house than a church.

ST MARY. Nave and chancel of the same height, and belfry. The nave is C13 (one re-set lancet in the N vestry), the chancel C14 (two S windows each of two lights under one pointed head). Tiebeam between nave and chancel and above it a plastered half-timbered ‘tympanum’ like a gable. The roof of the nave has a tiebeam with an octagonal king-post, the belfry rests on a tiebeam also with a king-post. - BENCHES in the nave, c. 1500, absolutely plain. - PLATE. Cup and Cover of 1702, re-purchased for the church in 1922.

St Mary

PATTISWICK. It is very rich in trees, and has farms and cottages with ancient roofs and chimneys. The nave of the church is 700 years old and the chancel 600, both roofs being medieval. A few of the pews have been here since the time of Henry the Eighth.

To be fair Pattiswick is tiny and was lucky to have a church in the first place.

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