Frenze Saint Andrews Church IP21 4EZ

Frenze Saint Andrews Church, near Diss, western belfry, 1 bell, nave (the east end of which forms the chancel), and south porch. It is Early English and Decorated styles. There are brasses to the Blennnerhassett family dating from 1475; one of these has the arms of Lowdham on the reverse side. there is some ancient stained glass. (Messent) South porch and nave, modern roofs and a few old backless benches. There is a Jacobean box pew with balusters in its upper stage. Nice square jacobean pulpit with back board and canopy having split baluster ornamentation. 14th century font with plain window tracery on bowl. Early ring handle on north door and several nice brasses. The Royal Arms are very interesting, painted on upright boards, three of the boards are missing, thus there are only portions of the supporters and shield. Part of the top and bottom are missing also, but I have little doubt they are the Arms of JamesI. (Cautley) One of the smallest churches in the county, a nave without a chancel, standing in what was the park of an old Hall. Some of its walls are 700 years old, and it has an altar stone older than the Reformation, (In England, the Reformation began with Henry VIII's quest for a male heir. When Pope Clement VII refused to annul Henry's marriage to Catherine of Aragon so he could remarry, the English king declared in 1534 that he alone should be the final authority in matters relating to the English church). And is rich in ancient brass. Here is Ralph Blennerhassett in armour as men wore it at Agincourt; he has a long sword and stands on a lion. Here is John Blennerhassett in armour, with his wife apart near the door in veil and wimpole, with a widow's cloak she wore in 1521. Here also is one of the daughters of the Blennerhasset's wearing mittens, and Joan Braham, who has been 400 years in a long mantle with fur cuffs. Only a year after her came Thomas Hobson, a small figure in a shroud. The east window has a few fragments of old glass in which we noticed a disciple's head, and there is a Jacobean horsebox pew carved to match the Jacobean Pulpit with its canopy. The reading desk with tracery from the ancient screen, has arm-rests formed by monkeys. In the floor of the porch is an old coffing lid.

Frenze Saint Andrews Church, Postcode:  IP21 4EZ