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Broome Saint Michael Church NR35 2HU


Broome Saint Michael Church, west tower, south porch, nave and chancel. The 15th century tower has a band of quatrefoils linking the door with a nice west window and traceried sound holes. The roofs are probably of the single-framed rafter type, but all are plastered. Modern fittings and simple 15th century font on quatrefoil step. Near Bungay square west tower, 5 bells, nave, chancel and south porch. The chancel is Decorated, the rest of the church Perpendicular. Very fine sedilia and piscina. Memorials to the Fowle family of 1732. Away from the village. The Perpendicular church with quite an ornate tower stands with flushwork panelled base. The west doorway has tracery with dainty Perpendicular tracery. It also has a little niche above it. The sound-holes are traceried too. The nave is also perpendicular, thats except for the doorways. There is also a Perpendicular chancel, again except for a priest's doorway. This may be of the same date as the chancel arch, and here the details suggest the 13th century. Inside the chancel is curious shafting. The start close to the south corner is probably for a 13th century window with dropped sill. The rest is unexplained. The font has only the step with quatrefoil decoration and the stem with four lions are original. Organ case is mahogany and early 19th century. There is a lively tablet with two putti on the pediment. (
a representation of a naked child, especially a cherub or a cupid in Renaissance art). In the churchyard is a fine bronze Crucifix under a gable richly carved with roses, in memory of those that did not bome back. One of them has an inscription in the church, the brave Colonel Wingfield DSO was rector here seven years. He was a soldier who had been in the army 21 years when he took holy orders, and was recalled from the Reserves at outbreak of the Great War, serving overseas, being wounded in France and winning his DSO in Gallipoli.

Broome Saint Michael Church NR35 2HU.