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Alby Saint Ethelbert Church.
Alby Saint Ethelbert Church.



Alby, Saint Ethelbert Church, with its 15th century tower, but the nave is earlier and has clerestory aisles having been built. There is a coarse unadorned piscina in the chancel With two credence shelves that might well be original. Another rudimentary piscina for nave altar is cut in the step below the window on the south side, and opposite there ate stairs to the rood loft. One can still see the stub of the rood beam and loft floor high on the north wall. There are four consecration crosses incised in the walls on either side of the chancel arch, and the heavily varnished bottom half of the screen remains. (Mortlock & Roberts)
Messent says, square west tower containing a clock and one bell, nave chancel and south porch. Contains 13th, 14th and 15th century work. The walls are mostly faced with cut flints.
Arthur Mee said Alby, Saint Ethelbert Church, the 15th century tower of its handsome church rises high above a group of sycamores and chestnuts. From medieval days the church has fragments of glass with the head of a saint, bench ends with poppyheads and a font with eight painted shields, now fading. Cautley stated, west tower, south porch, nave and chancel. 15th century tower with sound holes. Plain 15th century font with panelled bowl and shaft. Simple arch-braced roof and two clerestory windows on either side of aisleless nave. Ten simple bench ends and base of 15th century screen, brattished middle rail, all varnished, Stuart table.

Alby church was visited by myself on a nice sunny day, the spirits were high and I was successful at visiting a number of other churches on the same day. It was a short walk from the car to the church itself. Greeting me inside the porch was a chequered pattern of floor tiles and an other door with arched top. Inside were the obligatory items most churches have, this with the exception of concetration crosses. As previously mentioned, this church has 4. Inside too was the old pulley gear of a bell's mechanism. This standing around 7/8 feet high was there only as an item to show the visitors. It was well worth a view. I noticed too four angel corbels laying on the floor, but  i a displayed manner. Not just thrown there, but placed to show how small they really are. (We only normally see them at above head height) There was a marvellous stained glass image of Saint Christopher and the boy child. The church was very clean tidy and welcoming. No toilet for the disabled or able bodied.


Alby, Saint Ethelbert Church,Postcode: NR11-7HF


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Alby Saint Ethelbert Church.
Alby Saint Ethelbert Church.
Alby Saint Ethelbert Church.
Alby Saint Ethelbert Church.
Alby Saint Ethelbert Church.
Alby Saint Ethelbert Church.
Alby Saint Ethelbert Church.
Alby Saint Ethelbert Church.
Alby Saint Ethelbert Church.