Church of St John the Evangelist

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3/5

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2014

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The church is at the edge of the village and reached down an avenue of trimmed yew trees. It sands in a graveyard with daffodils, lesser celandines, primroses and wonky grave stones. It was built around 1450 in the old fashioned Decorated style, rather than the Perpendicular style associated with a building of this date.

It has a very tall buttressed and battlemented west tower. The top is later. The clerestoried nave has side aisles. The chancel is low with a pointed roof.

The north aisle has a battlemented top and ball flower decoration. The south aisle has square windows with carved heads at the base. There are a couple of old stone memorials on the outside walls.

Entry is through the north door which has ball flower decorations round the arch.

Inside fluted pillars and pointed arches separate nave and side aisles. There is a small carved head at the base of the arch. The wood beam roof has corbels with carved heads and gilded bosses, each different.

Inside the door is a a big octagonal font with kneeling angels at the corners. The arches between have tiny carvings of birds, evangelists, winged beast…

Above the door is the Royal coat of arms.

The pulpit, reached up a flight of stairs, has panels with carved arches.

Plain glass windows flood the nave with light. The chancel in comparison feels much smaller and darker. with the only light coming through three lancet windows with 19thC glass. Round the chancel walls is a narrow painted band with small white flowers on a red background. Below is a blue band with a narrow red band below that.

This is another typical small church. It is pleasant but with nothing special to merit a special trip. The church is open daily. It is at the end of a small lane to the south of the village. With only a small parking area outside the lych gate. Turning is difficult. it is best to park on the main street and walk.

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