St. Andrew's  Church               

 

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The parish church, dedicated to St Andrew, is of Perpendicular style and was built over a period of about 200 years; being completed in 1520. The Registers date back to 1560.

The embattled west tower is a very impressive structure and, at 100 feet, can be seen from miles around. Its buttresses, pinnacles and battlements are decorated with flushwork - flints are split and the shaped pieces used alternately with shaped limestone.

The first stage of the tower has shields bearing the arms of the benefactors who helped pay for the cost of the tower, namely the Blomeville, Wood, Cailly and Shelton families.

The church is entered through the 15th century South Porch, the doorway being designed about 1350 and the doors are 15th century.

 

Inside the church is an impressive nave and has five lofty arches either side leading to the north and south aisles. The north arches rest on square pillars and those on the south are on octagonal ones.

The two aisle east windows and the wonderful chancel east window date from the 15th century, but most of the others are c.1350.

In 1864 the chancel was entirely restored and newly roofed. The funding came from the Ecclesiastical Commissioners. It was also fitted with communion rails, and the floor paved with Minton tiles.

 

In 1473 John Crennok left money for hanging the bells, of which there are five :-

    Treble - Tho. Osborn fecit (made me) 1781, Downham Market. Thos. Rowing and John Lane churchwardens

    2nd - T Newman fecit Jonathon Dey and Robert Meek CW 1740

    3rd - Thomas Newman made mee - 1713

    4th - Thomas Newman made me - 1713

    Tenor - Unknown London founder 1380.

At present the bells lay on the floor of the north aisle, but it is hoped, in the future, that money can be raised to restore them to their rightful place.