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 Long Stratton Saint Mary Church NR15 2TA
Long Stratton Saint Mary Church NR15 2TA


Long Stratton Saint Mary Church, west tower, south porch, nave north and south aisles and chancel. the round tower is Norman in the lower stages and now terminates in a little spire. Arch-braced roof to nave with collar beam and modern roofs to aisles. North arcades 14th century, south arcade 15th century. Base of old screen remains and 17th century pulpit, font cover and holy table. The chancel windows have attached shafts to inner jambs and scoinson arch above. the east window has remains of 14th century and 15th century glass, one panel showing our Lord's baptism. Monument on north of chancel to Sir Edmund Reeve 1647 and one of Sir Robert de Swaffham 1361. The chief treasures of this church however are the Sexton's Wheel and the candle bracket. The Sexton's wheel is not so good as the only other one known, at Yaxley told by a churchwarden Albert, (what a nice man). The candle bracket equally rare, the only other one being at Rowlestone, Hereford. It is of wrought iron and pivots on hinges. There are also Charles II Arms. Long Stratton Saint Mary Church, has some European stained glass, the east window, of mixed dates and origins. The large panel is of the Baptism of Christ and is French, and dates late 15th century.

The Sexton's Wheel. Sexton's Wheel. This curious survival, is a device consisting of two wheels, 2 feet 8 inches in diameter, revolving on a single axle. Many theories have been proposed for use of the wheels, including the idea that they were used purely as ornaments for church doors. It has also been suggested that those wishing to fast, in honour of the Virgin Mary, from one of the six Lady Days, could choose one at random by catching one of six strings attached to named spokes. It was the Sexton who would set the two wheels revolving. The organ is built or constructed by Norman & Beard Ltd of London.

Long Stratton Saint Mary Church NR15 2TA
Long Stratton Saint Mary Church
Long Stratton Saint Mary Church
Long Stratton Saint Mary Church
Long Stratton Saint Mary Church NR15 2TA
Long Stratton Saint Mary Church NR15 2TA
Long Stratton Saint Mary Church
Long Stratton Saint Mary Church
Long Stratton Saint Mary Church
Long Stratton Saint Mary Church NR15 2TA
Long Stratton Saint Mary Church
Long Stratton Saint Mary Church
Long Stratton Saint Mary Church NR15 2TA