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Forncett Saint Peter Church NR161HX
Forncett Saint Peter Church NR161HX.



Forncett Saint Peter Church NR161HX, near Long Stratton, round west tower, 5 bells, nave with aisles, chancel and north porch. The tower is Saxon, but the rest is mainly Perpendicular. There is a 15th century tomb of alabaster to Thomas Drake, supposed to be the founder of the church. There are brasses to the Baxter family, dated 1484 and 1535. The carved poppy heads to the benches are fine 15th century work. In the tower is a massive staircase of the 12th century, a priests door and a "peep", looking into the church. (Messent) west tower, north porch, nave north and south aisles and chancel. The tower is pre-Conquest, with two stages of circular openings splayed inside and out, and the belfry windows are double openings V-shaped above and supported with central slab and shaft. inside there is an old staircase with steps cut out of solid slabs of oak divided diagonally. The porch is 15th century with traceried spandrils to arch and inscription above surmounted by quaint brattishing. Original arch-braced roof. 14th century arcades and late arch-braced tie-beam roof, with arch-brace above, no collar.. the lower half of the screen remains behind the altar. There is an interesting 15th century altar tomb in the north aisle, with incised figures on slab of Thomas and Elizabeth Drake, aforementioned by Messent. Simple 15th century font and scratch dial. The benches are the feature of this church. They have plain bench ends and poppy heads, but on the double arm-rests of each are two well carved figures. One is of a woman in a sort of sentry box and it may represent the incontinency as at Tannington Suffolk. Also one bench has an open traceried back. The organ is built of constructed by Norman & Beard Ltd of London.

Forncett Saint Peter Church Postcode NR161HX

Forncett Saint Peter Church NR161HX
Forncett Saint Peter Church NR161HX
Forncett Saint Peter Church NR161HX
Forncett Saint Peter Church NR161HX
Forncett Saint Peter Church NR161HX
Forncett Saint Peter Church NR161HX
Forncett Saint Peter Church NR161HX
Forncett Saint Peter Church NR161HX
Forncett Saint Peter Church NR161HX
Forncett Saint Peter Church NR161HX
Forncett Saint Peter Church NR161HX
Forncett Saint Peter Church NR161HX
Forncett Saint Peter Church NR161HX
Forncett Saint Peter Church NR161HX
Forncett Saint Peter Church NR161HX