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Thorpe Abbott All Saints Church IP21 4HS
Thorpe Abbott All Saints Church IP21 4HS



Thorpe Abbott All Saints Church near Diss, round tower with octagonal top storey, 2 bells, nave, chancel and south porch. The base of the tower is Norman but later above. Unable to get inside, as locked and only open at certain times of the year when I haven't been able to get in, but written by Messent, The chancel is Decorated and the nave early Perpendicular. There are memorials to the Kay, King and Wallace families. The rood screen is ancient. The fine carved font is of interest. There is some ancient stained glass in some of the windows. Cautley wrote, Thorpe Abbott All Saints Church west tower, south porch, nave, and chancel. The round tower is probably pre-conquest and has a late 14th century octagonal top. The north wall of the nave is probably early too, as at the north east corner there are no dressed stone quoins. 13th century north doorway, simple 15th century brick porch, traditional font and modern roofs and benches. A nice 15th century screen, very maltreated, as in the base is cut away and the fenestration has been cut, so as to fit in between the chancel arch. The screen had vaulting on the west side only, as it will be noticed the spandrils are carved on the east side. The arms are initialed for George III, but are obviously of the Stuart period. Thorpe Abbott All Saints Church, it clusters about the small green, where we may sit around the trunk of a chestnut tree shading the village pump. Near it stands a wayside Calvary with the names of seven men who did not come back. The church stands charmingly behind a screen of trees on the main road tween Diss to Bungay, in company with two ponds and an old gabled farmhouse that was once a hall, now a business, it has 1701 on the chimney. House and church look over the pleasant valley of the River Waveney. In roundels of the churchyard gates is the initial K for the Kay family of Thorpes Abbot place, the great house in the fine park on the edge of which the village lies. The round Norman tower has a massive point arch and a 14th century belfry. The chancel is 14th century and the nave 15th century, the medieval porch being still the old door. The old roof of the chancel has a carved border, and is supported by angels. Two shields in old glass have three yellow crowns, the fine15th century font has cross-winged angels under the bowl, and remains of the screen of the same time show the lovely delicate tracery. Brass inscriptions tell of Edmund Wallace, a rector's son killed in 1876 by falling off a spar on H.M.S. Minotaur; and of Henry Scott Manistry, who won the Military Cross before he was killed at Ypres in 1917. Also a brass memorial in memory Homer Young, 1923-1989, from his friends.


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Thorpe Abbott All Saints Church IP21 4HS
Thorpe Abbott All Saints Church IP21 4HS
Thorpe Abbott All Saints Church IP21 4HS