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Hardley Saint Margaret Church NR14 6BU


Hardley Saint Margaret Church, Hardley or Hardale, meaning hard clearing (prehaps referring to the soil). Old English hard+leah (wood, grove, clearing). West tower, north porch, nave and chancel. Norman round tower, typical East Anglian type of font. Jacobean pulpit and a simple 15th century square-headed screen with the muntins (
a bar or rigid supporting strip between adjacent panes of glass; a glazing bar).
 removed and also most of the base. Stuart table and a simple 15th century piscina with crocketted arch. Near Loddon, this is a round towered church, 3 bells, nave, chancel and north porch. The tower is Norman, but the rest is mainly early Perpendicular. The font is of interest with Evangelistic symbols. the trustees of the Great Hospital at Norwich have the gift of the living. the lop-sided position of the tower suggests that there was a north aisle whose arcade was removed to widen the nave, the font has two steps, one of them traceried. Against the stem four lions, against the bowl the signs of the four Evangelists and four demi-figures of angels. There is a painting of Saint Christopher on the south side, plus a smaller Saint Katherine. The church has in recent times that have revealed a Consecration Cross on the west wall. There is also a 15th century wall painting near the south door, this I nearly missed as the sun was shining brightly through the window on a bright day in February 2019' they were discovered also during re-decorating work. The larger figure is that of Saint Christopher carrying Our Lord on his shoulders. The smaller figure is that of Saint Catherine, who is crowned and carries her wheel emblem. There are indications that there may have been a procession of Saint, including, perhaps hardley's own Saint Margaret. in the sanctuary is a 15th century piscina-an unusually late example with a wide arch on columns which have leaf capitals. Not the 18th century altar rails with their unusually late example with a wide arch on columns which have leaf capitals. Note the 18th century altar rails with their unusually delicate balusters clusterd groups of three.

Hardley Saint Margaret Church NR14 6BU
Hardley Church
Hardley Church
Hardley Church
Hardley Church
Hardley Church
Hardley Church
Hardley Church
Hardley Church
Hardley Church