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Howe Saint Mary the Virgin Church NR15 1HD
Howe Saint Mary the Virgin Church NR15 1HD




Howe Saint Mary the Virgin Church, has west tower, south porch, nave and chancel. This small church has modern roofs and benches, and the only interesting thing is the round Saxon tower, whish on north and south sides small circular windows, with concentric splays on each side, and an opening on the east side high up over the later tower arch. Howe Saint Mary the Virgin Church church close to nearby Brooke, with its round tower, has 1 bell, nave chancel and south porch. The tower capped with a conical roof, on a Saxon tower. The rest of the church is Decorated with slight traces of earlier work incorporated. The rood stairs remain. Once open, and locked on the day I visited, I fine it hard to see that Cautley, Messent and also Pevsner wrote about this church. With such a beautiful looking building, The church possesses a round tower, for it was built by the Saxons and has a typical double-splay opening. It has some brick in its flint walls, a roungh lancet and two bull's eye windows, a round headed west doorway, and a chimney sticking out of its conical roof, this just tops the nave. A 500 year old porch leads to an older nave and chancel, where the oldest window is Norman. Winged angels hold shields at the end of the nave roof, and one of the few worn out poppyheads on the choir stalls is carved with a woman growing out of the foilage. Engraved in brass 200 years ago is the prayer of Lady Elizabeth Hastings, leaving a small charity and hoping the rectors would rule their own house well, enforce their preaching by their example, and "be much in conversation with their people" The village lost six men under 30 in the Great War, one being torpedoed in the North Sea and one drowned while sweeping mines. I find it hard to see why the church is locked.

Howe Saint Mary the Virgin Church, Postcode: NR15 1HD.