Monday, January 14, 2008

Yesterday - all my troubles seemed so far away! part 5

At Foy I was feeling so right with the world, that although I am usually a "must have lunch " man, and although I had registered that it was close to 1pm, I was still captivated by the weather and a signpost pointing to another church. And here maybe was my soaring spire church of forty years ago.
like Foy, is close to the river, and has a spire that seems to rise up
straight from the ground, although there is actually a tower which barely reaches the roofline. The belfry windows are in the spire itself. Ice covered the road (the little stream was full to the top and probably had flowed briefly over the road, and the sun was just appearing over the hill here. The church is strange in plan, caused by a large C19 N transept which opens into the nave with a two bayed arcade. To the west one bay of a former aisle with a Norman pillar, almost cut off from the rest by complicated seating arrangements and possibly
once a family pew. To the east a vaulted single-bayed chapel. No structural division between nave and chancel, just a prettier bit of roof!. The south wall of the nave has two large windows which are treated like dormers either side of the large porch, one lighting a west gallery on which is the organ, and the other (with a medieval panel of glass showing the Crucifixion) lighting the pulpit and tester, a grand Jacobean piece. Both the west bay of the aisle and the transept have a single grand C17 and C18 memorial respectively. The glass in the east window is equally important, a complete survival from 1630, reusing some olde fragments. And here is the explanation of the window at FOY which so impressed the people at the manor there that they ordered a copy of this window for their church some 40 years later, including the tracery. Reading what I have written suggests a very disjointed and confused building. Yet it all hangs together and I found it quite charming and the unexpected highlight of my day. [I found the church open]

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