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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 SS Katherine and 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.
The organ is built or constructed by Norman & Beard Ltd of London.

Stratton Strawless Saint Margaret's Church, Postcode:
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,