15 August 2016

St James' Chapel, Lindsey .....

The chapel set in a pretty setting dates from the 13th century.  It probably had two purposes - to serve the adjacent Lindsey Castle and as a chantry where the priest would pray for the soul of the founder.  In the mid 13th century a member of a wealthy local family, Nesta de Cockfield, is known to have instigated a tithe tax to pay for the upkeep of the chapel.  The castle was abandoned by 1400 and only earthworks are visible today.  All chantries were closed down in 1547 and the building became a barn until 1930 after which it was restored.  The chapel is built of flint with a thatched roof.















At Stackyard Green....








On the way to Milden.....



What happened to the 'hall' I wonder!......


12 August 2016

Boughton, Norfolk....

Boughton has been called "West Norfolk's hidden beauty spot".  The church is on a side road running between cottages overlooking the village pond.  Only the tower is Medieval, the rest was rebuilt in 1872.



In the wall of the churchyard, near the gate is part of a stone coffin set into the wall.  It was found in 1832 but probably dates from medieval times.



A Spanish Flamenco dancing exhibition is to be held there shortly, how fab is that!










Views over Barton Bendish...







... the natives certainly weren't hostile...


... and who needs 'facilities' when you've got such a beautiful village!


Our Pixie is certainly a child of nature..... or maybe she has been watching Dad's Army ...



06 August 2016

Newton-by-Castle Acre and Weasenham both in Norfolk, and Lakenheath Suffolk.....

Newton-by-Castle Acre Saxon church ......











The opening into the chancel is the original Saxon-Norman archway....





fragments of 14th or 15th century wall paintings....


15th century font...



... how kind...


Weasenham St Peter ... lovely view from the church yard across farmer's fields ...




In 1870 the church was transformed from a simple building to what we see today.  There is a reference dated 1309 that there was a chapel adjacent to St Peter's church dedicated to St Paul.  In 1602 a survey was made of 'Decayed Churches' in which St Peter's was said to be "exceedinglie decaied by the Negligence of the Proprietane of the rectorie there".. shame on them!






panels of pre-reformation glass...





The font is somewhat earlier than the inscribed 1607.....



sadly the roof lead was stolen last year from this church, and £70,000 is needed to replace it.  I wonder why another material can't be used, one which low-life lead stealers aren't interested in.

Lakenheath.....






Above information sourced from the church booklets I purchased, but there is some helpful information on the Norfolk Churches website if anybody is interested in finding out more.