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Stratton Strawless, Saint Margaret Church, NR10-5LN.



Stratton Strawless Saint Margaret's Church, Stratton, Stratuna meaning enclosure by a Roman Road, strata (Roman Road) + tun (enclosure, settlement, farm) the farm is opposite and available for parking. Strawless, probably means (Without straw). A beautiful sounding village, I had been especially looking forward to visiting this church since I heard its name. I was not disappointed. It even has a book selling room, I could have had barrow loads, but alas didn't have any. Maybe next time. Listed by H. Munro Cautley as: having been heavily bombed and every window temporarily blocked up, but it did disclose one interesting thing. All the walls are battened and plastered, even the arcade roofs and fittings were modern and that the south aisle was full of Marsham monuments. The tower is massive and low and has figures as pinnacles. I was taken aback at the fragments of glass from that blast put back into the clear windows of the church. I loved the font cover, though at a size a camera doesn't give it justice. St Margaret’s is probably of late Saxon origin but what is visible is largely Norman and medieval with a fair bit of interesting gothic Victorian meddling in evidence. The inside has been curiously carved up with screens. The south aisle accommodates the Marshams in some fairly outlandish tombs mausoleum for the family. In a north-east window was a great Coronation of the Virgin, and below Saint Katherine and Saint Margaret and doners (Marshams) The end of the note is sadly worth transcribing: "When I was here in April 10th 1732 all the effigies but one were here, but the 3 lights of the lower parts of the panes being new glazed since, they are all gone, with the inscriptions" I fear it doed not now. Here the Marshams lived from century to century, making two blades of grass grow where one grew before, until out of the bare Buxton Heath they created an oasis of fertility. they were here in the days of Edward I and had only just gone when Edward VII was crowned. The church with a fine square tower built in 1422, its alabaster figure of Thomas Marsham of Stuart days lies in a shroud on his altar tomb, with two angels blowing trumpets, and a group of 17th-century marshams kneel on a tomb by a wall, a child in swaddling clothes among them. Here also is a figure of great dignity carved in black stone, and representing a lady in long and flowing robes. In two windows is some 15th century glass with gabriel and Mary and winged Evangelists, and above the manor pews is richly coloured glass with Madonna gazing fixedly at child as if entranced. The church has a side room completely filled like a library full of books. These to raise money for this beautiful church. On my exploits, i have noticed churches with cardboard notices asking for money to help keep the churches alive and well and not run into dis repair. Girdle, made either of twisted cord (Coloured or white) or else in the form of a narrowsash, gathered the folds of the Alb round the waist and served to keep the stoles of deacon and priest in position. The is mention of a girdle on a list here at Stratton Strawless. The organ is built or constructed by Norman & Beard Ltd of London.

Stratton Strawless Saint Margaret's Church, Postcode:NR10-5LN
Stratton Strawless Saint Margaret's Church,
Stratton Strawless Saint Margaret's Church,
Stratton Strawless Saint Margaret's Church,
Stratton Strawless Saint Margaret's Church,
Stratton Strawless Saint Margaret's Church,
Stratton Strawless Saint Margaret's Church,
Stratton Strawless Saint Margaret's Church,
Stratton Strawless Saint Margaret's Church,
Stratton Strawless Saint Margaret's Church,
Stratton Strawless Saint Margaret's Church,
Stratton Strawless Saint Margaret's Church,
Stratton Strawless Saint Margaret's Church,