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Suffield, Saint Margaret Church, Norfolk, NR11-7EL.
Suffield, Saint Margaret Church, Norfolk, NR11-7EL.



Suffield, Saint Margaret Church, West tower, south porch, nave, north and south aisles and chancel, nice 15th tower with chequered base course and buttresses, traceried sound holes and nicely divided up into five stages by string courses. 16th century south door and plain 15th century font with corona carved with angels. 15th century arcades with eight two-light clerestory windows above. Modern roofs and benches and fragments of 15th century glass in north aisle tracery. The early 16th century screen has the base only remaining, but in the middle rail is brattishing, and in the spandrils of the traceried heads below are extraordinary carvings. Eight painted panels include: rather rare saints, Longinus, Julian, and Sir John Schorne putting the Devil in a boot, Plain double piscina, circa 1300. There are remains of ancient stained glass in some of the windows. Arthur Mee painted a picture of the Devil in a Boot, a story in The King's England. Suffield, Saint Margaret Church, The trees of Gunton Park shelter its cottage homes and its church aloof. It has a great treasure in its screen on which eight of the twelve painted panels remain after 400 years. Among the figures on the panels are some really seen: Longinus the repentant soldier of the Crucifixion; Julian, a 3rd-century nobleman who did penance for a terrible crime by devoting his life to ferrying pilgrims across a dangerous stream; and John Schorn, a rector who won a wide reputation as a worker of miracles in Buckinghamshire 700 years ago; he is shown here thrusting his hand into a boot to illustrate his chief miracle, "Sir John Schorn, Gentleman born, Conjured the devil into a boot." The gold tracery framing the figures in the panels has masterly carving in which we noticed a stag and a camel, a lion and a dragon, a man with a cudgel, an eagle and an owl, and a hog sitting on a tub playing a viol to three little dancing pigs, It is like a s Silly Symphony of the Middle Ages. The chancel which has this screen adorns is 13th and 14th century and has a richly carved piscina. The lofty nave and the aisles are 15th century and the traceried door through which we come in has still the massive key which has been opening it for 400 years. A medieval Mass Dial is on a wall and there are old bench-ends with fine poppy heads a 16th century font, a window with heads of saints in 15th century glass, the Elizabethan altar tomb of John Symonds, gay with painted heraldry, and the old rood loft staircase. Look ot for the Suffield Devil.


Suffield, Saint Margaret Church, Postcode: NR11-7EL.

Suffield, Saint Margaret Church, Norfolk, NR11-7EL.
Suffield, Saint Margaret Church, Norfolk, NR11-7EL.
Suffield, Saint Margaret Church, Norfolk, NR11-7EL.
Suffield, Saint Margaret Church, Norfolk, NR11-7EL.
Suffield, Saint Margaret Church, Norfolk, NR11-7EL.
Suffield, Saint Margaret Church, Norfolk, NR11-7EL.
Suffield, Saint Margaret Church, Norfolk, NR11-7EL.
Suffield, Saint Margaret Church, Norfolk, NR11-7EL.
Suffield, Saint Margaret Church, Norfolk, NR11-7EL.
Suffield, Saint Margaret Church, Norfolk, NR11-7EL.
Suffield, Saint Margaret Church, Norfolk, NR11-7EL.
Suffield, Saint Margaret Church, Norfolk, NR11-7EL.