Tuesday, 2 October 2012

South Hanningfield, Essex

St Peter is rather isolated and so perhaps unsurprisingly was locked - it doesn't sound very interesting anyway.

ST PETER. Nave, chancel, and belfry with broach spire. The nave is of the C12. It has a small and another lengthened original window in the N wall, and one in the S wall. In the S wall in addition a two-light C15 window. The belfry was added probably in the C15. It rests on four posts with big curved braces. The chancel is C19. - DOOR with iron hinges. Dated by the Royal Commission c. 1400. - PAINTING. The jambs of the C15 S window have very pretty foliage scrolls. - PLATE. Cup of 1562 with bands of ornament.

St Peter (2)

SOUTH HANNINGFIELD. It has a few wayside cottages and a small church tucked away behind the big house. The church has the pleasant company of elms and a long red-tiled barn.

Its spire crowns a wooden bell-turret which rests on oak beams in the nave, and there are three windows which make it worth a call. The smallest one is Norman with a wide splay, another is the east window with simple tracery of the 14th century, the third is remarkable for a 500-year-old pattern in colour on the splays. The timbered porch and the door with its beautiful hinges are 500 years old.

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