Friday, 5 May 2017
On Thursday we motored over to a small village a few miles away to look at a 'Banjo' barometer which needed work - so much so that the visit turned out to be somewhere between a complete washout and a dead loss. However we made a detour on the way home (as is our wont - in this case won't go straight home) and went to look at a village church in Little Waldingfield. This is one of those strange places - common enough in Suffolk- where Little waldingfield is now a much larger village than Great Waldingfield. I should perhaps explain that the top picture is of three early buildings which appear to constitute a small, early, industrial estate. The one to the right of centre obviously having started out as a roadside forge.
The next three pictures are of Little Waldingfield Church, and its contents. The Church is a beautifully proportioned, mainly 14th/15th century (?) building. The font is probably of much the same date, and although the figures on it have been ( literally) defaced during the Civil War, the font can quite clearly be seen to have been a lovely piece of work in its day. The oak chest in the fourth picture is a very fine piece of work, also dating from the 14th/15th century, and English.
I know I've said this, or something like it, a good many times before, but I'm still amazed at the number of village churches we have in East Anglia, all of them with a good number of interesting, or indeed fascinating, contents.
Good Night All.