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Besthorpe, All Saints Church, NR17-2LJ.
Besthorpe, All Saints Church,



Besthorpe, All Saints Church, Locked. The piscina and sedilia in the chancel express clearly the supreme confidence of that building campaign. The slim pillars are continued upwards into pinnacles which accentuate the vertical lines of this feature as well as the window above. More piscinae:- the one in the north transept juts out like a shelf and has a pretty arch above with headstops. In the south transept there is a floor piscina with a four-petal drain in a square stone, and above is a separate piscina in the wall with elaborate ogee arch. This is as grand as the one in the chancel.
The south transept also has two large and sumptuous niches in the east wall. They were intended for images of saints; one is wider than the other, presumably to accommodate a pair of figures like St Mary and Gabriel. It is easy to imagine an altar, or two altars, set against this wall. The images were abolished at the Reformation.
The chancel screen is fine work of 1931 in memory of a churchwarden and his widow. The medieval screen was not quite so tall, judging by the slots cut in the stones of the chancel arch. A recess on the south side shows where the stairs to the medieval rood loft were sited.
The High Altar is clearly dated, 1624, and bears the name of the donor, Revd George Coppinge, who was Rector here for 54 years. The table was subsequently enlarged at each end. The font is 19th century, using a Norman period style. It is very large, shaped like a tub, because in Norman times Baptism was by immersion. The drain is inside the central stem and there are four shafts for support. The stained glass in the nave south window is by Heaton, Butler & Bayne and is dated 1880. It has two scenes of Christ, (1) Christ carrying His cross with the text- "Surely He has borne our griefs". And (2) "Come unto Me, all ye that are heavy laden". This information was originally compiled for Church Tours in 2000 by Richard Butler-Stoney.

Besthorpe, All Saints Church, NR17-2LJ.
Besthorpe, All Saints Church, NR17-2LJ.
Besthorpe, All Saints Church, NR17-2LJ.
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Besthorpe, All Saints Church, NR17-2LJ.
Besthorpe, All Saints Church, NR17-2LJ.
Besthorpe, All Saints Church, NR17-2LJ.
Besthorpe, All Saints Church, NR17-2LJ.