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West Bilney Cecilia Church.
West Bilney Cecilia Church.


Bilney or Bilenei meaning: an island on a beak of land. The first element is bile meaning "a beak". It could be a personal name, but it is more likely to be used in a topographical sense. The second element is eg (island). West Bilney Cecilia Church, a small church with a Norman nave, and one blocked window on the north side. The chancel has disappeared. The church has a west tower with flushwork battlements of Perpendicular period. Two big altar recesses with pointed heads in the naves north and south walls. The font is simple, and like so many octagonal in shape. Perpendicular, with encircled quatrefoils. The church was not always looked after well. In 1597 Bishop Redman's visitation thundered "The chauncell is decayed for it wanteth thatchinge" The curate, one Cooke, was sloppy. "He receaveth to the Communion those which have not been confirmed" In 1753 a faculty was applied for to demolish and lay waste the chancel. The lead off the roof was sold along with two of the three bells, this to pay for repairs. On both the north and south walls of the church it's easy to see a clear join, this where the masonry seems to have been finished off. Oddly these joins aren't parallel and on the south side, the bricks at the join seem to be curving to form an arch over a door, this no longer exists. There are monumental arms to the Freke family, including skull and cross bones, possible that of the one Elizabeth Freke, paid for her husband Percy's place. The church has pine pews, and a pulpit from 1881, but the design of the pulpit harks back to the combined reading desk and pulpit of the 18th century, also to from the same area, is a bier, this one without wheels.
West Bilney Cecilia Church.
West Bilney Cecilia Church.
West Bilney Cecilia Church.
West Bilney Cecilia Church.
West Bilney Cecilia Church.
West Bilney Cecilia Church.



West Bilney Cecilia Church.
West Bilney Cecilia Church.
West Bilney Cecilia Church.
West Bilney Cecilia Church.
West Bilney Cecilia Church.
West Bilney Cecilia Church.
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West Bilney Cecilia Church.
West Bilney Cecilia Church.
West Bilney Cecilia Church.
West Bilney Cecilia Church.
West Bilney Cecilia Church.
West Bilney Cecilia Church.